by Donald Clarke.
WE PROBABLY shouldn’t pay too much attention, but Quentin Tarantino has suggested that he may retire after making three more films. If he leaves a similar gap between future projects as he put between Jackie Brown and Kill Bill, it will be 2030 before QT – then a plausibly pensionable 67 – finally hangs up the megaphone.
His general thesis is, however, worthy of some consideration. “Directors don’t get better as they get older,” he said. “Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end.”
This sounds like an outrageous generalisation, but it’s not so wide of the mark. Mathematicians and popular musicians famously excel when young. Novelists achieve great things late in life. Film directing does, by way of contrast, seem like a middle-aged man’s game.
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