Everyone's got their weird obsessions. Everyone.
There are lots of ways directors are identified by their tastes. You have the Hitchcock blonde, the Spielberg face, Scorsese's women in white—and then you have Tarantino's feet, which is a little less satisfying.
There have been ongoing foot-fetish rumors for a long time. And when Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was released, everyone took note of how feet were on display throughout the whole thing. Even star Brad Pitt, after winning Best Supporting Actor at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild, said “I want to thank my co-stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Margot Robbie’s feet, Margaret Qualley’s feet, Dakota Fanning’s feet..." before concluding with, “Quentin has separated more women from their shoes than the TSA.”
So what does Tarantino think of all of this?
“I don’t take it seriously,” Tarantino said in a recent interview with GQ magazine. “There’s a lot of feet in a lot of good directors’ movies. That’s just good direction. Like, before me, the person foot fetishism was defined by was Luis Buñuel, another film director. And Hitchcock was accused of it, and Sofia Coppola has been accused of it.”
So there you have it.
We can make the foot observation all we want, but Tarantino doesn't care. For him, he's following in the... footsteps of people who choose different shots. People who think outside the box.
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