Tarantino Calls Digital ’The Death of Cinema’
When Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 for "Pulp Fiction," he showered his cast with high-fives, bounced to the stage where jury president Clint Eastwood awaited, and promptly answered a heckler with a middle finger.
"Pulp Fiction" arrived in brash style in Cannes 20 years ago. On Friday, Tarantino returned to the scene of the crime. Among his many honors, he called his Palme d’Or "my single absolutely positively greatest achievement."
"Of all the trophies that I have won, it’s the one that has the biggest place of honor inside of my house," said Tarantino. "It’s the one I want another of some day before they turn out the lights."
Few films have ever sent the kind of shockwave "Pulp Fiction" did 20 years ago. While Tarantino granted that its revolutionary impact influenced movies for years, he said he was merely part of "a movement in the air" to upend the safer, lighter movies of the ’80s.
But Tarantino, who was joined in Cannes by "Pulp Fiction" stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman, was more interested in talking about the present than the past.
"As far as I’m concerned, digital projection and DCPs is the death of cinema as I know it," said Tarantino, referring to digital cinema packages. "The fact that most films now are not presented in 35 millimeter means that the war is lost. Digital projections, that’s just television in public. And apparently the whole world is OK with television in public. But what I knew as cinema is dead."