The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece
Author: Jason Bailey
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
Category: Performing Arts
"Film expert Jason Bailey explores Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION in a comprehensive book illustrated throughout with original art inspired by the film and including sidebars and special features on everything from casting close calls to deleted scenes. Bailey discusses how the film was revolutionary, examines its director's influences, illuminates its pop culture references, and describes its phenomenal legacy"--
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, Dresden Technical University, course: The American Noir, 6 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In this paper for the seminar "American Noir" I want to analyze Quentin Tarantino's 1994 movie Pulp Fiction. Since he does not make use of computer based scenes or sumptuous tricks in any of his films, it is only the storyline as well as the characters and the actors respectively that bear the responsibility of entertaining and fascinating the audience. The success of Tarantino's works leads me to the conclusion that the aforementioned features have certainly been effective; therefore, I am going to concentrate on them in my seminar paper. A special focus will be laid on the relationships between the protagonists because their way of interacting is essential for the plot. Additionally, the stylistic devices will be looked upon with a special attention for the ones that make Pulp Fiction a film noir. Furthermore, the relevance of mise-en-scene, especially the setting, of camera work, and of time is to be discussed."
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta and Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction exploded on to the screen in 1994 and transformed the direction of contemporary cinema. Nominated for seven Oscars and winner of the BAFTA award, this triplet of masterfully interwoven crime stories is witty, gritty and shamelessly violent, displaying Tarantino's visceral approach to character and plot. Tarantino has spawned a whole host of wannabes in the wake of this, the defining movie of the 1990s. But none has demonstrated the elegant style and compassion that make Tarantino's screenplays so compellingly readable. Nominated for seven Oscars, Pulp Fiction starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman and won the US Oscar for Best Screenplay, the BAFTA and the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Quentin Tarantino's other films include Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, From Dusk Till Dawn and most recently, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained.
A Collector's Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers
Author: Toni Johnson-Woods
Publisher: National Library Australia
In the 1940s and 1950s Australian pulp fiction jostled with magazines and comics at newsstands. Tariff kept the local 'industry' cheap and viable and offered Australian writers national and international careers.In this publication, the third in the National Library's popular "Collector's Book" series, Toni Johnson-Wood explores the history, the authors, the genres and the lurid covers of this once-popular literary form.
Pulp fiction has been looked down on as a guilty pleasure, but it offers the perfect form of entertainment: the very best storytelling filled with action, surprises, sound and fury. In short, all the exhiliration of a roller-coaster ride. The 1920s in America saw the proliferation of hundreds of dubiously named but thrillingly entertaining pulp magazines in America – Black Mask, Amazing, Astounding, Spicy Stories, Ace-High, Detective Magazine, Dare-Devil Aces. It was in these luridly-coloured publications, printed on the cheapest pulp paper, that the first gems began to appear. The one golden rule for writers of pulp fiction was to adhere to the art of storytelling. Each story had to have a beginning, an end, economically-etched characters, but plenty going on, both in terms of action and emotions. Pulp magazines were the TV of their day, plucking readers from drab lives and planting them firmly in thrilling make-believe, successors to the Victorian penny dreadfuls of writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens. These stories exemplify the best of crime and mystery pulp fiction – its zest, speed, rhythm, verve and commitment to straightforward storytelling – spanning seven decades of popular writing.
Pulp Fiction, the Politics of Terrorism and the Destruction of the Capital in British Popular Culture, 1840 - 2005
Author: Antony Taylor
Publisher: A&C Black
From the early years of the nineteenth century, cultural pessimists imagined in fiction the political forces that might bring about the destruction of London. Periods of popular protest or radicalism have generated novels that consider the methods insurgents might use to terrorise the metropolis. There has been a tendency to dismiss such writings as the lurid imaginings of pulp novelists but this book re-evaluates the contribution of popular fiction to the construction of the terrorist threat. It analyses the high-points for the production of such works, and locates them in their cultural and historical context. From the 1840s, when a fear of Chartist insurgency was paramount in the minds of authors, it moves through the anarchist thrillers of the 1890s, considers writers' fears about Bolshevik revolution in the East End of the 1920s and 1930s, explores fears of Fascism in the inter-war years, and assesses the concerns with underground counter-culture that feature in the thriller literature of the 1970s. It concludes with a re-evaluation of the metropolitan background to the figure of the Islamist terrorist.