in about 100 words or less
US 99m, Colour
Director: Quentin Tarantino; Cast: Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney
Reservoir Dogs established Quentin Tarantino’s non-linear, explicitly violent, profanity-filled and pop culture-referenced style of film making. This “caper” film cleverly recounts the story of a failed diamond heist, without actually showing the robbery itself. Rather, the screenplay recounts the planning of the job, and the unforgettable aftermath – with music and black humor playing key roles in establishing a most uncomfortable mood throughout some of the most explicitly violent acts on film. In the history of independent cinema, Reservoir Dogs is arguably one of the most influential films of all time, and although initially receiving relatively little attention, it became more widely appreciated after the release and Tarantino’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed 1994 film, Pulp Fiction (Klaus Ming February 2011).