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Quentin Tarantino is most-studied director in the UK

A survey of 17 academics by the recently-relaunched PureMovies.co.uk film website found that the controversial director had been referenced more than any other in the essays and dissertations marked over the last five years.

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Christopher Nolan was in second place, with his Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) being the most-cited films.

Head of Film Studies at Uxbridge College Dr Garth Twa said: “It’s no surprise. Tarantino is visceral, accessible, and students new to film studies have an immediate handle on visual pleasure.

“What is great about Tarantino is that he can serve as a gateway to appreciate everything from the French New Wave to genre studies to gender representation in film.”

He added: “Batman is a perennial franchise that will always find a market.

“He’s a hero who’s relatable, but also flawed like we are, and troubled, but still, always a hero. Like most of us wish we could be, the most noble of intentions but the most human of frailties.”

The PureMovies.co.uk website relaunched today with a focus discussion, commentary and qualified debate about the latest mainstream and independent releases from leading commentators, academics and industry experts.

The top five directors cited in the survey were:
1. Quentin Tarantino
2. Christopher Nolan
3. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Martin Scorsese
5. Steven Spielberg

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