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MUST WATCH: 36 minutes of Quentin Tarantino’s first film, MY BEST FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 11th, 2011

Throughout my time as a fan of cinema, there has always been one film that I’ve been dying to see that was previously thought to be lost to history.

Well, at least until today. Partially.

Thanks to Movieline, a true piece of cinematic history has been put on YouTube, in the form of the first film from the mind of one Quentin Tarantino. Originally crafted as a short film, MY BEST FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY was then turned into a feature film after Tarantino decided to forgo the short format and make the feature whilst still working at a local video store, and was previously thought to be lost in some sort of accident (Tarantino himself says that the film was indeed finished, but became “guitar picks” after he was done). However, roughly 35 minutes of the film have indeed been saved, and while the footage is dreadful at best transfer wise, it is kind of a cinematic wonder. Watch it after the break.

Far from Tarantino’s best work, this proves that, confirming stories from everyone who had the chance to see this film prior, he has always had “it.” Opening with a pop culture-laden monologue, the film oozes Tarantino's seemingly God-given style, and is an absolute must-watch for any and every cinephile.

What do you think?

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