Since the early 1990s, Quentin Tarantino has made some of the most critically-acclaimed, stylized, and violent films of all time. A two-time Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, his talents as a storyteller are matched by few. One of his greatest skills is his use of foreshadowing, which plays a major role in nearly all of his films. Sometimes it's hidden and easy to miss, like in Pulp Fiction, where Jules can be heard laying the groundwork for his retirement in the background of the opening diner scene. Other times it's part of the set design. In Reservoir Dogs, a painting of "St. Sebastian of Vienna" represents the fate of Marvin the police officer. There are even moments when foreshadowing comes in the form of a sight gag, like when Django takes some target practice on a snowman's sensitive area in Django Unchained.
If you love his work and want to get clued into some of the little details that make it so great, check out this list of genius foreshadowing moments in Quentin Tarantino's films.
The Diner Scene In 'Reservoir Dogs' Sets Up All The ConflictsPhoto: Miramax Films
From Redditor /u/The8bitdin0:
Throughout the scene, Mr Pink and Mr White are in an argument about why Mr Pink should tip the waitresses. This shows us how Mr White is compassionate, and has a heart for others, which gets him killed at the end, while Mr Pink only looks out for himself, which saves him later on. When Joe comes to collect the tips, he asks who didn’t tip, and Mr Orange tells Joe that Mr Pink didn’t tip. This represents how Mr Orange is the rat, who set them up. Also, Mr Blonde throughout the scene jokingly threatens to shoot someone, and this shows us that Mr Blonde just wants to kill people.Brilliant foreshadowing?
Jules Talk About Quitting "The Life" In The Opening Scene Of 'Pulp Fiction'Photo: Miramax Films
From Redditor /u/jeje17j:
In the opening sequence of Pulp Fiction (1994) with Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) and Pumpkin (Tim Roth), Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) can be heard talking about quitting "the life," and Vincent (John Travolta) can be seen walking to the bathroom.Brilliant foreshadowing?
Django's Target Practice Previews A Brutal Shot In 'Django Unchained'
From Redditor /u/foxynipz:
In Django Unchained (2012) when Django is learning to shoot he uses bottles as targets in a snowman. One target is located on the snowman’s groin. Later in the movie Django shoots a man's [member] off.Brilliant foreshadowing?
Hans Landa Does A Subtle Pulse Check In 'Inglourious Basterds'Photo: The Weinstein Company
From Redditor /u/MisterT12:
In Inglourious Basterds (2009), Hans Landa subtly checks the pulse of the girl he is interrogating.Brilliant foreshadowing?