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Tarantino’s Signature ‘Trunk Shots’

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From Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino films are marked by a series of recurring motifs. For example, Tarantino’s use of black and white, as well as mirrors, is part of his distinctive directing style. However, his hallmark device is “the trunk shot.” Below, are some of the best examples.

Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, and Steve Buscemi in 'Reservoir Dogs' (Miramax Films)
Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, and Steve Buscemi in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (Miramax Films)
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackon in 'Pulp Fiction' (Miramax Films)
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackon in ‘Pulp Fiction’ (Miramax Films)
Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock in 'Jackie Brown' (Miramax Films)
Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock in ‘Jackie Brown’ (Miramax Films)
Uma Thurman in 'Kill Bill, Vol. 1' (Miramax Films)
Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill, Vol. 1’ (Miramax Films)
Eli Roth and Brad Pitt in 'Inglourious Basterds' (Miramax Films)
Eli Roth and Brad Pitt in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (Miramax Films)