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From Dusk Till Dawn Clip: Tarantino Kisses Salma Hayek's Toes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2011 at 7:25AM

You may have heard about Quentin Tarantino's reputation as a foot fetishist. What film clues exist of this orientation? Well, you can start with his memorable cameo in Robert Rodriguez's 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn, a steamy scene with Salma Hayek, below. (Tarantino co-wrote the flick with director Rodriguez.)
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You may have heard about Quentin Tarantino's reputation as a foot fetishist. What film clues exist of this orientation? Well, you can start with his memorable cameo in Robert Rodriguez's 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn, a steamy scene with Salma Hayek, below. (Tarantino co-wrote the flick with director Rodriguez.)

And here's a tidbit from the Village Voice's R.J. Smith on Kill Bill:

The small thing—things—are Thurman's feet. When Tarantino was meeting with her about Pulp Fiction, he reportedly proffered a friendly foot rub. In that movie, mobster Tony Rocky Horror got tossed out of the window by Ving Rhames for giving Thurman's character a foot massage. When Thurman's The Bride wakes from a coma and escapes from the hospital in Kill Bill, she struggles to get her paralyzed feet to regain sensation. For what seems like minutes these totemic toes fill the screen.

"He shot the whole movie on feet," laughs Thurman. "He could have put the entire story together on feet."

The guy digs her dogs, and he turns them into something huge and pure pop on the screen—you want to shout at them toes to start a-wiggling. It's not just that he's a foot fetishist, but that he takes what he cares about—personal, quirky stuff—and transforms it into art. He hooks you in, too.

[Village Voice illustration by Justin Wood.]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Video, Quentin Tarantino, Action


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.