Here is part one of six of the first Travis Bickle on the Riviera video essay series, Tarantino Goes West.
This episode features the voices of Tucker Stone, Morgan Jeske, and David Brothers.
The videos in this series will cover Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight, as well as it's cinematic, literary, and historical precedents. Ranging from cowboy novels of the turn of the 20th century to the horror films of the 70s. The series will try to contextualize Tarantino's film in the history of the western and how the film argues that the western is a narrative that has been built on some spectacularly vile and racist ideas.
This second episode begins a two-part exploration of the cast of the film, with the roots of the characters Major Marquis Warren, John Ruth the Hangman, General Sandy Smithers, and Sheriff Chris Mannix. Our next section will focus on the members of the Jody Do Min Gray Gang. Some of the topics covered here include John Wayne, John Carpenter, John Sturges, the Shaft series, Walter Hill, Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, black westerns, William Quantrill, the buddy cop movie, the James / Younger Gang, Mel Brooks, Lee Van Cleef, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Clint Eastwood, and the KKK.
This is something I've wanted to do with the show for a while and it is only now possible thanks to the support of our Patreon backers. This first series will be made available to them a little early in thanks for their support. We hope to continue making videos like this and we hope you enjoy this project and you can support us at the new level to make more of these happen. Prospective topics for future series include: Suspiria, Django Unchained, Death Proof, Kathryn Bigelow, and the early films of David Cronenberg.
- Sean Witzke
References used in creating this episode:
The Hateful Eight: A Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino
10,000 Ways To Die by Alex Cox
They Live (Deep Focus) by Jonathan Lethem
John Carpenter: The Prince of Darkness by Gilles Boulenger
From Shane To Kill Bill: Rethinking The Western, by Patrick McGee
Big Trouble In Little China(1986), dir. John Carpenter
Death Proof (2007), dir. Quentin Tarantino
High Plains Drifter(1973), dir. Clint Eastwood
Pale Rider(1985), dir. Clint Eastwood
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), dir. Clint Eastwood
The Thing (1982), dir. John Carpenter
The Thing From Another World (1951), dir. Christian Nyby & Howard Hawks
The Magnificent Seven (1960), dir. John Sturges)
Ice Station Zebra (1968), dir. John Sturges
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), dir. John Sturges
Red River (1948), dir. Howard Hawks
The Searchers (1956), dir. John Ford
Rio Bravo (1959), dir. Howard Hawks
Taxi Driver (1976), dir. Martin Scorsese
True Grit(1969), dir. Henry Hathaway
True Grit (2010), dir. The Coen Brothers
Wild Bill(1995), dir. Walter Hill
Calamity Jane(1953), dir. David Butler
Deadwoodepisode 1 (2004), dir. Walter Hill
Kill Bill vol. 2 (2004), dir. Quentin Tarantino
Crimson Tide (1995), dir. Tony Scott
The Trip (1967), dir. Roger Corman
Marnie (1964), dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Laredo episode (1965)
The Cowboys(1972), dir. Mark Rydell
Family Plot(1976), dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Last Man Standing(1996), dir. Walter Hill
The Driver (1978), dir. Walter Hill
Posse(1975), dir. Kirk Douglas
The Oxbow Incident (1943), dir. William A Wellman
The Hellbenders (1967), dir. Sergio Corbucci
George Wallace from ABC news
Jesse James as the Outlaw(1921), dir. Franklin B Coates
The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford (2007), dir. Andrew Dominik
The Long Riders (1980), dir. Walter Hill
Merrill’s Marauders (1962), dir. Samuel Fuller
The Great Silence (1968), dir. Sergio Corbucci
Blazing Saddles (1974), dir. Mel Brooks
Head of State (2003), dir. Chris Rock
Red Rock West (1993), dir. John Dael
Have Gun Will Travel - “Brotherhood”
Kill Bill vol. 1 (2003), dir. Quentin Tarantino
48 Hrs (1982), dir. Walter Hill
Inglourious Basterds (2009), dir. Quentin Tarantino
Lethal Weapon (1987), dir. Richard Donner
The Defiant Ones (1958), dir. Stanley Kramer
Skin Game (1971), dir. Paul Bogart
100 Rifles (1969), dir. Tom Gries
Black Mama, White Mama (1973), dir. Eddie Romero
Night of the Living Dead(1968), dir. George Romero
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), dir. John Carpenter
Dawn of the Dead (1978), dir. George Romero
They Live (1988), dir. John Carpenter
“Osservator Osservati” by Ennio Morricone from For a Few Dollars More.
“Padre Ramirez”, “Il Deserto” & “Il Tramanto” by Ennio Morricone from The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.
“Minacciosamente Lontano” “Attessa Del Nulla” & “I Crudeli (The Widow)” by Ennio Morricone from The Hellbenders.
“Orientation” by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth from Escape From New York.
“Roll Away” by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth from They Live.
“Town of Silence” & “Fango Giallo” by Luis Bacalov from Django.
“No Name Bar” by Isaac Hayes from Shaft.
“Escape From Northfield” & “Better Things to Think About” by Ry Cooder from The Long Riders.
“Blue Suede” by Vince Staples.
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