Interview Analysis - “Django Unchained”

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Analysis of Krishnan Guru-Murthy interview with Film Director Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”

I will be analysing the Channel 4 interview between famous film director Quentin Tarantino, and British television presenter & journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, discussing the release of Mr. Tarantino’s highly controversial, new blockbuster movie – “Django Unchained”. From the beginning it is apparent this interview was conducted very traditionally, both the interviewer and interviewee where dressed appropriately, within a formal environment creating a professional atmosphere. “Interviewing is an interactional communication process between two parties, at least one of whom has a predetermined and serious purpose that involves the asking and answering of questions” (Stewart and Cash, Jr. 2011, p.12). Mr. Guru-Murthy first attempts to establish a rapport, by congratulating Tarantino, on the making of this movie. Observing the opening techniques both “verbal and nonverbal signals that establish rapport and orient the interviewees” (Stewart and Cash, Jr. 2011, p. 406) Mr. Guru-Murthy is very aware of the importance body language, gestures, eye-contact and facial expression encompass when conducting a interview, ensuring to always makes eye-contact with Tarantino whenever questioning. Throughout the interview, Mr. Guru-Murthy noticeable journalistic background is demonstrated by his choice of question sequences “the strategic interconnection of questions” (Stewart and Cash, Jr. 2011, p. 408). Firstly, asking “why would you want to make a movie, with slavery as a theme?” to which Tarantino pauses to think about his response. Following, that question with “so you can’t be surprised by the controversy that’s accompanied the release of the movie?” Indicating, directives approach “interviewer controls subject matter, length of answers, climate and formality” (Stewart and Cash, Jr. 2011, p. 401) to this interview. The usage of this directive approach may be in the...
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