Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Tarantino's Choke Hold

In some new disturbing news, writer/director Quentin Tarantino in his quest for 'realism' in his films, said he deliberately choked actress Uma Thurman as 'The Bride' in "Kill Bill" and personally strangled Diane Kruger as 'Bridget von Hammersmark' in "Inglourious Basterds", " get the sense of panic that happens when your air is cut off...":

In "Kill Bill", The Bride (Thurman) fights assassin 'Gogo Yubari' (Chiaki Kuryama)...

...whose chain ball whips around The Bride's neck like a lasso.

"Wrap a chain around the neck, you've got to see choking," said Tarantino. "I was the one on the other end of the chain and we kind of only did it for the close ups."

For "Inglourious Basterds", it was Tarantino's decision to be the close up hand demo guy choking Diane Kruger during a scene in which 'SS Colonel Hans Landa' (Christoph Waltz) strangles her character, 'Bridget von Hammersmark' to death.

"When I did 'Inglourious Basterds'" said Tarantino, "I went to Diane and I said, look, I've got to strangle you. If it's just a guy with his hands on your neck, not putting any kind of pressure and you’re just doing this wiggling death rattle, it looks like a normal movie strangulation. 

"It looks 'movie-ish'. But you’re not going to get the blood vessels bulging, or the eyes filling it with tears, and you’re not going to get the sense of panic that happens when your air is cut off..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Kill Bill" and "Inglourious Basterds"...