Quentin Tarantino is a director who knows exactly what he wants to infuse into his films: expansive dialogue, meticulously curated soundtracks, and stylized violence. No doubt he studied it well. For this reason, it is logical that he also knows what he does not want to put in his works, and so he spoke of an element that is practically absent in his filmography: scenes of physical intimacy.
The subject came up during an extensive interview with the Spanish media ARA newspaperas part of the promotional tour of his non-fiction book speculation in the cinema. During the exchange, the director was asked about the lack of sexual moments in his films, and his answer made it clear that he had thought about this on other occasions, as his reasoning was very direct.
Why are there almost no sex scenes in Quentin Tarantino films?
“Sex is not part of my vision of cinema,” said the person responsible Once upon a time in Hollywood. “And the truth is that in real life it’s tedious to do sex scenes, everyone’s very tense.”
He also added the following:
“And if doing it was a bit of a problem before, it’s even more so now. If there had ever been a sex scene that was essential to the story, I would have, but so far it hasn’t been necessary.”
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Upon replying, the interviewer reminded the director that there is indeed an occasion when sexual themes appear in his cinema. This is a scene from the movie Jackie Brown (1997), in which the characters played by Robert De Niro and Bridget Fonda have relationships. However, things are not going as they should. Tarantino recalled saying, “Yeah, right. It’s like, come on, come on, let’s do it and that’s it.”