Quentin Tarantino, a man who heavily represents modern independent filmmaking, has always openly discussed his admiration for the greats that have gone before him.
Tarantino, who is heavily influenced by the legacy founded by spaghetti western films, once said: “I’ve always said that Pulp Fiction was a modern-day spaghetti western” in reference to his most well-known film to date.
It’s clear that Tarantino’s love for Sergio Leone has heavily impacted his opinion of the genre, a filmmaker who pioneered spaghetti western’s with a series of groundbreaking films that set the tone for what was to come next. “The movie that made me consider filmmaking, the movie that showed me how a director does what he does, how a director can control a movie through his camera, is Once Upon a Time in the West,” Tarantino once wrote in The Spectator about Leones’ film. “It was almost like a film school in a movie,” he added.