Director Quentin Tarantino’s first movie was shot in 1984, yes, back when he was mythologically working as a video store clerk, for the paltry sum of $5,000. The rough cut was 70 minutes long before a fire at the processing lab destroyed all but 36 minutes of the film. My Best Friend’s Birthday has never been officially released, probably because the movie is half of the director’s original intent.
Still, clumsy and not-that-great though it may be (a few scenes really hit right), you can still see the threads of what would be Tarantino hallmarks. That clever and snappy dialog, the homages to various genres and borrowing from more famous directors.
It’s almost like watching “True Romance” the prequel. [via cynical-c]