Menke was nominated for Oscars for her editing on 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Pulp Fiction' and had long enjoyed a creative relationship with Tarantino dating back to 'Reservoir Dogs.' In a 2009 interview with Movieline, Menke said, "Definitely a lot of films have passed my doorstep that seemed really intriguing, that I'd like to do, but I'm just totally dedicated to QT. Every time I've got a project, I always check with him first. 'What do you think? Are you going to start in three months? Four months? Eight months? A year?' I always check with him first because I always want to do his films." She later added, "The thing that's brilliant about the working relationship between QT and I is that it's very symbiotic. I've worked with him now for seventeen years, so I kind of know where he's going before he even comes in."
One only has to watch a Tarantino movie to appreciate Menke's considerable contributions to film editing, and it will be interesting to see how the director's work fares without her input. Menke was only 56.
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