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Tarantino: Digital is ‘death of cinema’

  • From left, Kelly Preston, actor John Travolta, actress Uma Thurman and director Quentin Tarantino arrive for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    From left, Kelly Preston, actor John Travolta, actress Uma Thurman and director Quentin Tarantino arrive for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

  • Actress Uma Thurman, right, leans on the shoulder of director Quentin Tarantino as they arrive for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Actress Uma Thurman, right, leans on the shoulder of director Quentin Tarantino as they arrive for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

  • Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Director Quentin Tarantino listens to questions during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Director Quentin Tarantino listens to questions during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • From left, Kelly Preston, actor John Travolta, actress Uma Thurman and director Quentin Tarantino arrive for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
  • Actress Uma Thurman, right, leans on the shoulder of director Quentin Tarantino as they arrive for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
  • Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Director Quentin Tarantino listens to questions during a press conference at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

When Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 for Pulp Fiction, he showered his cast with high-fives, and bounced to the stage where jury president Clint Eastwood awaited.

Yesterday, Tarantino returned to the scene of the crime. Among his many honors, he called his Palme d’Or “my single absolutely positively greatest achievement.”

But Tarantino, who was joined in Cannes by Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman, was more interested in talking about the present than the past.

“As far as I’m concerned, digital projection and DCPs is the death of cinema as I know it,” said Tarantino, referring to digital cinema packages. “The fact that most films now are not presented in 35 millimeter means that the war is lost. Digital projections, that’s just television in public. And apparently the whole world is okay with television in public. But what I knew as cinema is dead.”

Tarantino was in Cannes to screen Pulp Fiction in 35mm on the beach last night, as well as to introduce a 50th anniversary screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, which will close the festival tonight.

He called “A Fistful of Dollars” not only the birth of the Spaghetti Western, but “the birth of genre action cinema” for fusing its action with its prominent Ennio Morricone score.

The writer-director also commented on several projects. He said that after hosting a live-read of his script “Hatefield Eight” in April, he’s reconsidering his proclamation that he would never make it following its leak online. Tarantino filed a lawsuit against Gawker Media over the leak.

“We’ll see. I’m still writing the script right now,” he said. “I have calmed down a bit. The knife-in-the-back wound has started to scab.”

He added: “Maybe I’ll shoot it. Maybe I’ll publish it. Maybe I’ll do it on the stage because I realized it could work very well. Maybe I’ll do all three, but we’ll find out.”

Tarantino also said he has some 90 minutes of unused footage from his revenge Western “Django Unchained” that he’s considering using, along with the released movie, to create a four-hour miniseries for television.

Unlike many directors, Tarantino said that he loves to re-watch his films (he does anytime he catches them on TV) and feels sorry for filmmakers who don’t get such pleasure out of their own work.

“I’ve always made my movies for me, anyway,” said Tarantino, grinning.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake—coyle

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