As I watch more and more Quentin Tarantino movies it becomes clear to me that the central point around which his entire career pivots is masculinity. Whether his films feature women prominently (Kill Bill, Death Proof) or not at all (this film!), they usually serve as an examination or interrogation of manhood. What does it mean to be a man? Is it noble or toxic? In later films, he comes down hard on the side of the latter. But this first effort seems more open to the idea of masculinity as noble and honourable.
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