Director tells Tribeca Festival first public screening of his debut was a fucking disaster but revels in memory of dancing when Harvey Keitel came onboard
When Reservoir Dogs hit theaters in 1992, it rocketed a young filmmaker from obscurity and reinvented independent film. On Friday night, to mark the 25th anniversary of Quentin Tarantinos gritty, violent and groundbreaking tale of crime and betrayal, the director and cast members Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel reunited for a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.
There are so many things about this movie where I didnt know anything, Tarantino said, onstage at the Beacon Theatre in New York. If I could do it all again, Id do it slightly differently.
The screening was a jewel of this years Tribeca line-up. In contrast, Tarantino said of the films premiere at Sundance in 1992, the first time we screened it was a disaster.
It was our very first public screening. They didnt have a scope lens for the projector and its a scope movie and I let them show it anyway. That would have been bad enough.
The problems only escalated from there, he said. It gets to the final climax and all of the sudden the lights come up. They go back down, and then almost as if on purpose as far as suspense is concerned, right at the height of the movie theres a power outage and all the power goes out.
So, [I thought] OK, thats what its like to watch your movie in public. It was a fucking disaster.
According to Tarantino, things didnt get much better when he went on the film festival circuit.
It was great because [at the time] I had barely left Los Angeles county, let alone visiting other continents. The thing is, at a film festival screening sometimes people dont know what theyre about to see. They read the program and hear a synopsis and thats it, so its understandable that at a film festival that maybe this is not what they want to see and they have to leave.