Quentin Tarantino Responds to ‘Foot Fetish’ Claims in His Movies

Quentin Tarantino has addressed the claims regarding his apparent ‘fetish’ for featuring women’s feet in his movies.

With a career spanning decades and a portfolio including diverse genres, Tarantino’s unique style is unmistakable. His films range from the dark, criminal underbelly of the 90s, epitomized by “Pulp Fiction,” to the martial arts saga “Kill Bill,” and the western-themed “Django Unchained.”

A recurring element in his films, however, has caught the attention of fans and critics alike: the close-up shots of women’s feet. This detail, seen in movies like “Pulp Fiction” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” has stirred discussions over the years.

Addressing these observations, Tarantino remains unfazed by the scrutiny. Speaking to G2 in 2021, he dismissed the criticism and argued in favor of his artistic choices. “I don’t take it seriously,” he said, suggesting that it is a part of his directorial approach.

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He further defended his inclination to include these shots by pointing out similar practices among other esteemed directors. “There’s a lot of feet in a lot of good directors’ movies,” Tarantino remarked, citing Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sofia Coppola as examples who have faced similar accusations.

Tarantino’s predilection for featuring feet has become a well-known aspect of his films within the industry, often sparking light-hearted references.

This was humorously highlighted at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Brad Pitt, while accepting the award for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” made several jokes about Tarantino’s fixation. Pitt thanked his co-stars’ feet in his acceptance speech, playfully commenting, “Quentin has separated more women from their shoes than the TSA.”

In the same vein, Margaret Qualley, featured in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” spoke to Indiewire in 2019 about her reservations regarding the foot-focused scenes.

“I genuinely was like, ‘Quentin, this is a bad idea. I don’t have good feet’,” she recalled. Despite her concerns, these distinctive shots have become an integral and recognizable part of Tarantino’s cinematic storytelling.