Fans of Quentin Tarantino? Brace yourself for one mindblowing fan theory on the auteur film-maker's filmography that will change the way you look at them forever.
Here at The Daily Zombies, our love for Quentin Tarantino's films, especially Inglourious Basterds, is pretty much well-documented. In particular, 2009's Inglourious Basterds was honored by us as the Movie of the Year 2009. So you can imagine our astonishment at an incredibly persuasive fan theory that will indeed change the way we look at the entire filmography of Quentin Tarantino.
While we all know how Tarantino connects his films in small, little way (for example, Michael Madsen’s character in Reservoir Dogs, Vic Vega, is the brother of John Travolta’s Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, etc.), the bold yet perfectly sound theory take us down a much deeper level at how Inglourious Basterds influence and shape the fictional universes of Tarantino's films. Ever wonder how the alternate universe ending in Inglourious Basterds (of which Hitler was gunned down to hell instead of committing suicide in a bunker) will shape the future of that particular reality? Turned out we have been watching this post-Inglourious Basterds reality in Tarantino's films all this while.
Originally brought forth by Maxwell Yezpitelok at Cracked.com, UOLATSC at reddit.com has provided us with a clearer picture of exactly what went down:
It's well known that all of Tarantino's films take place in the same universe - this is established by the fact that Mr. Blonde and Vince Vega are brothers, everybody smokes Red Apple cigarettes, Mr. White worked with Alabama from True Romance, etc.
As it turns out, Donny Donowitz, 'The Bear Jew', is the father of movie producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance - which means that, in Tarantino's universe, everybody grew up learning about how a bunch of commando Jews machine gunned Hitler to death in a burning movie theater, as opposed to quietly killing himself in a bunker.
Because World War 2 ended in a movie theater, everybody lends greater significance to pop culture, hence why seemingly everybody has Abed-level knowledge of movies and TV. Likewise, because America won World War 2 in one concentrated act of hyperviolent slaughter, Americans as a whole are more desensitized to that sort of thing. Hence why Butch is unfazed by killing two people, Mr. White and Mr. Pink take a pragmatic approach to killing in their line of work, Esmerelda the cab driver is obsessed with death, etc.
You can extrapolate this further when you realize that Tarantino's movies are technically two universes - he's gone on record as saying that Kill Bill and From Dusk 'Til Dawn take place in a 'movie movie universe'; that is, they're movies that characters from the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, and Death Proof universe would go to see in theaters. (Kill Bill, after all, is basically Fox Force Five, right on down to Mia Wallace playing the title role.)
What immediately springs to mind about Kill Bill and From Dusk 'Til Dawn? That they're crazy violent, even by Tarantino standards. These are the movies produced in a world where America's crowning victory was locking a bunch of people in a movie theater and blowing it to bits - and keep in mind, Lee Donowitz, son of one of the people on the suicide mission to kill Hitler, is a very successful movie producer.
Basically, it turns every Tarantino movie into alternate reality sci fi. I love it so hard.
EDIT: Oh hai upvotes. Glad everybody liked this as much as I did! Let me address some things:
1) I don't think the same actors necessarily correlate to the same characters - the bit about Mia Wallace in Kill Bill seemed like just an interesting detail or maybe an exception rather than the rule. Mr. White and The Wolf are two different people. That said, I remember Tarantino mentioning that Sheriff McGraw and The Wolf are the only characters that can jump between the regular movie and the movie movie universe. Proof.
2) I'm not implying that nuking scores of innocent people is less violent than anything else - I just think it would have a different effect on the American psyche. Growing up knowing our home country vaporized two whole cities has influenced our culture in its own ways; I feel like the movie theater plot would do the same. Also, since this is primarily a fan theory, I don't think the psychology of it needs to be 100% irrefutable and airtight.
3) Yes, I initially saw this on Cracked and then extrapolated on it. Since it was a fan theory and it blew my mind, I posted it here.
For other intriguing theory on TV and movie's crossover, check out the connection between The Wire and X-File, as well as Daredevil and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the same article at Cracked.com.
Source: UOLATSC comments on What 'fan theories' have blown your mind with their devastating logic? Collider
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