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."
Through the darkness, you can see figures gathered in twos and threes – the glowing tip of a cigarette, a close-manicured hand draped over a shoulder, heads turning to study the new arrival. Someone moves toward you, snapping a lighter open. Step into the twilight world of lesbian pulps.
Bachelor Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject Film Science, grade: 1,3, Bielefeld University (Fakultat fur Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft), language: English, comment: Erstgutachten: "Die Arbeit ist grundlich recherchiert, verfugt uber einen logischen und konsequent strukturierten Aufbau, verbindet Begriffsbestimmung und praktische Umsetzung in der Filminterpretation im analytischen Teil uberzeugend und entwirft einen komplexen jedoch transparenten Diskurs. [Sie] enthalt Elemente kritischer Reflexion auch zum kritischen Diskurs und ist intellektuell ansprechend." Zweitgutachten: "In his paper, Mr Sander demonstrates considerable analytical skill, a very thorough knowledge of cinematic techniques and classic films, and the enthusiasm of a cognoscente.", abstract: The influence of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction on contemporary American cinema has been profound in the last two decades. It was actually Tarantino's second film after his already groundbreaking debut Reservoir Dogs, both of which he wrote and directed, though it was Pulp Fiction that ultimately established its creator as an influential filmmaker and made him legendary around the world. Tarantino's affection for different film genres can be noticed throughout all of his films. He usually pays tribute to them by using his distinct knowledge of their conventions and blending them into his own films. It is not that he just replicates them; in fact, he adds refreshing stylistic elements and recreates them into completely new shapes. His films also are full of references to a variety of different movies as well as diverse pop cultural minutiae. The assembly of numerous generic influences in one single movie, which Tarantino consciously practices, can be identified as characteristic of his distinctive style. These features as well as the filmmaker's novelistic approach to narrative construction have become his own, artistic signature. As in Pulp Fiction, conventions of classical gangster films
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 is a trio of stories rotating around the violent misadventures of a collection of outlaws right out of the pages of the old hardboiled pulp fiction. The interweaving of the characters and stories is masterly; the trajectory of the characters' lives drawn with great generosity of spirit. Quentin Tarantino belongs to the new generation of super-literate film-makers whose work is as much about the movies they admire as anything else. But what makes Tarantino unique among his contemporaries is the visceral character of his writing and an exuberant wit and elegant style that makes his scripts compellingly readable.