Quentin Tarantino - is arguably - one of the most important figures in contemporary cinema. This book provides an introduction to the practical and creative elements of-his-work without descending into technicalities, looks at the film culture out of which Tarantino's work emerges and which informs our ways of reading it. It also examines the connections between his work and - the thoughts and ideas deeply implanted in American culture, what are so often called 'American Dreams'. Highlighting different facets of Tarantino's achievements, this book will appeal to undergraduates studying modern cinema or American film.Discusses Tarantino's films in as wide a context as possible. Looks at the film culture out of which his work emerged. Studies the connections between his work and the thoughts and ideas deeply implanted in the American culture. Assembles readings of Tarantino's films, which will prove useful to undergraduates who find his films difficult. Offers examples of how detailed, 'close' analysis can be usefully applied to his work. Offers a new contribution to the series of debates in which Tarantino is often evoked including: cinema and violence, and the nature of contemporary film narrative.