Q is for two Quentins

Q is for two Quentins 22

It would be hard to find two totally different men…Quentin Tarantino and Quentin Crisp. It seems an unusual name Quentin, I have come across a few in France.

Tarantino’s films are noted for their violence, Quentin Crisp was a soft effeminate man, who paved the way for many homosexuals. Tarantino has Italian, Irish and Cherokee ancestry, Quentin Crisp is quintessentially British. Both Quentins in a way are outsiders,  Tarantino claims that he was simply bored by school, and so dropped out to devote his life to movies. Tarantino is a man who has done time in prison, admittedly for minor offences (nonpayment of parking tickets). These days he would have few problems paying parking tickets, he’s worth $90million, Quentin Crisp’s bank never reached such giddy heights.

Both Quentin’s had particular jobs, When he was 12, Tarantino drove around all night with the owner of a porn magazine collecting quarters from the magazine racks. His second job was as an usher at the Pussycat Theater in Torrance, California. It has to be said he isn’t a fan of porn.

Quentin Crisp was known for being the “naked civil servant”.

One thing is obvious Tarantino is passionate about film making, “When I’m doing a movie, I’m not doing anything else. It’s all about the movie. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have a kid. Nothing can get in my way … I’ve made a choice, so far, to go on this road alone. Because this is my time. This is my time to make movies.

Quentin Crisp’s passions are not so obvious, but we can see obvious signs of a man who had the wit of Oscar Wilde as well as obvious wisdom.

 “The key is never, never work. Nothing is more aging than work. It’s not only the strain of getting up in the morning for work, but it’s the resentment that settles on your face”

“The very purpose of existence it to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think of us.”

Francis H Powell is a writer. His recently published book is Flight of Destiny, a book of 22 short stories.


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