Quentin Tarantino teases a new project that involves a multilingual cast in the Spaghetti Western genre - but it's not his tenth and final film.
By Mike Jones
October 20, 2021
Acclaimed filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, says that he wants to make a Spaghetti Western with multilingual dialogue. The 58-year-old “Pulp Fiction” maestro has been promising a ten film limit to his career for several years, and now that he’s reached the point where his next film will ostensibly be his last, fans are highly eager to know just what he has in store for them. So far though, Tarantino has been uncharacteristically tight-lipped about it all.
From his earliest days in the public eye, Tarantino gained a reputation for violence in his films as well as an unapologetic stance on the sort of films he chooses to make. While his earliest work pays homage to the gangster genre, those who took an interest in Tarantino quickly learned that he is a true cinephile with an encyclopaedic knowledge of film. As general audiences began to understand this, some accused the two-time Oscar winner of simply regurgitating and outright stealing portions of obscure and classic films for his own use. Regardless of how many outside references or concepts Tarantino borrows for his films, however, his track record remains undeniably impressive, with every release in his filmography turning a profit and keeping fans wanting more. As the debate over what sort of film Tarantino will choose to make for his alleged tenth and final effort continues, fans may at last have a different bit of insight.
Variety has reported that while speaking recently at the Rome Film Festival, Tarantino began to explain his interest in making a project that features a Spaghetti Western in which the characters all speak different languages. He initially described it as a comedy and also assured those gathered that the project wouldn’t be his tenth and final film effort, Read what Tarantino said below:
“It’s not like my next movie. It’s a piece of something else that I’m thinking about doing — and I’m not going to describe what it is. But part of this thing, there is supposed to be a Spaghetti Western in it. I’m looking forward to shooting that [thing] because it’s going to be really fun. Because I want to shoot it in the Spaghetti Western style where everybody’s speaking a different language. The Mexican Bandido is an Italian; the hero is an American; the bad sheriff is a German; the Mexican saloon girl is Israeli. And everybody is speaking a different language. And you [the actors] just know: OK, when he’s finished talking then I can talk.”
Exactly how Tarantino expects to avoid labelling what sounds like a tenth film as just that remains unknown, meaning that perhaps only in his mind will it avoid the denomination. But as far as making a film that uses a multitude of languages, he’s already achieved that goal to a certain degree with the release of 2009’s “Inglourious Basterds”. The Oscar-winning retooling of World War II history contains dialogue in English, French, German and Italian and arguably marked Tarantino’s most ambitious project up to that point.
Those who are familiar with Quentin Tarantino’s career will be well aware of the filmmaker’s persistent habit of making claims about films he intends to make, only to not deliver them. What’s more, at this point in his career, Tarantino has made two Spaghetti Westerns with significant portions of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” referencing the genre. While Spaghetti Westerns can be a lot of fun, it’s hard to imagine an overwhelming number of Tarantino fans eager to see yet another exploration of the genre.