Here is part one of six of the first Travis Bickle on the Riviera video essay series, Tarantino Goes West.
The videos in this series will cover Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight, as well as it's cinematic, literary, and historical precedents. Ranging from cowboy novels of the turn of the 20th century to the horror films of the 70s. The series will try to contextualize Tarantino's film in the history of the western and how the film argues that the western is a narrative that has been built on some spectacularly vile and racist ideas.
This first entry serves as an introduction to the series as well as talking about Samuel Fuller, Stagecoach. Birth of a Nation, and The Magnificent Seven. The next entry will be focused on each of the film's characters, and the series will continue through the rest of the summer. Later videos will feature guest appearances from many of the podcast's regular guests, as well as Tucker and Morgan. This is the result of 6 months of research, writing, and production and we have been dying to announce it but didn't want to ruin the surprise.
This is something I've wanted to do with the show for a while and it is only now possible thanks to the support of our Patreon backers. This first series will be made available to them a little early in thanks for their support. We hope to continue making videos like this and we hope you enjoy this project and you can support us at the new level to make more of these happen. Prospective topics for future series include: Suspiria, Django Unchained, Death Proof, Kathryn Bigelow, and the early films of David Cronenberg.