Watching this supercut of profile shots from Tarantino’s films is like having a cup of visual espresso. Part of it is the idea of the profile shot itself. Have you ever noticed that no one quite looks themselves in profile? There’s always something a little more vulnerable there, possibly because only half of the face is visible, the rest concealed from view. In Rishi Kaneria’s newest piece, we see side views of many of Quentin Tarantino’s most beloved characters: Vincent Vega (John Travolta), The Bride (Uma Thurman), Max Cherry (Robert Forster), O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), and others, flash in front of our face, first slowly, and then faster and faster until all we see is one mottled face we could call the Tarantino face, an amalgam of sensitivity and toughness, of jocularity and aloofness. And Kaneria makes the prescient choice of running the drum track from Whiplash under the piece, ratcheting up the tension, turning a 45-second video into a substantial little film, in and of itself.
Watch: An Exhilarating Supercut of Quentin Tarantino’s Profile Shots