ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19: Quentin Tarantino attends the close encounter red carpet during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
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Quentin Tarantino's First 'Disturbing' Movie Experience Didn't Come From A Horror Film
In the 1960s, a young Quentin Tarantino was taken by his mother and stepfather to see Karel Reisz's "Isadora," a biopic about modern dance legend Isadora Duncan starring Vanessa Redgrave in the title role. The shocking death of Duncan in the film became Tarantino’s first horrifying movie experience, and he recounted the memory on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
Tarantino regaled, "So, the ending is, she's in the back of a roadster and she's wearing this long, flowing scarf that's just hanging down. And– 'Ha ha ha ha ha!' They're driving around. I think she even has a champagne glass in her hand. 'Ha ha ha!' And then the scarf gets caught in the wheel of the roadster and [pantomimes choking] strangles her to death."
Tarantino voiced fear of dying a similar death to his mom, telling Meyers, "All of a sudden, I'm so afraid of this." However, Quentin added, "And my mom says, 'Quentin, you have nothing to worry about. I would never, ever, under any circumstances, let you wear a long, flowing scarf in a convertible roadster.'"