Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American neo-noir black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, it tells several stories of criminal Los Angeles. The title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century. Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was a major critical and commercial success.
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Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American neo-noir black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, it tells several stories of criminal Los Angeles. The title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was a major critical and commercial success. It was nominated for seven awards at the 67th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Original Screenplay. It is widely regarded as Tarantino’s masterpiece, with particular praise for its screenwriting. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it the best film since 1983 and it has appeared on many critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as \”culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant\”. It is often considered a cultural watershed, influencing films and other media that adopted elements of its style. There are seven narrative sequences; the three primary storylines are preceded by intertitles: If the seven sequences were ordered chronologically, they would run: 4a, 2, 6, 1, 7, 3, 4b, 5. Sequences 1 and 7 partially overlap and are presented from different points of view, as do sequences 2 and 6.
According to Philip Parker, the structural form is \”an episodic narrative with circular events adding a beginning and end and allowing references to elements of each separate episode to be made throughout the narrative\”. Other analysts describe the structure as a \”circular narrative””. The film begins with a diner hold-up staged by a couple, then moves to the stories of Vincent, Jules, and Butch. It finally returns to where it began, in the diner, where it ends with Vincent, Butch, and Jules in a diner. The three main interrelated stories: Vincent Vega is the protagonist of the first story, prizefighter Butch Coolidge is the protagonists of the second, and Vincent’s partner Jules Winnfield is the main character of the third. It has been described as a touchstone of postmodern film, with critics to describe it as the first film in a series of films that have been called “postmodern” or “post-apocalyptic” The film is also self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of \”pulp\”. Considerable screen time is devoted to monologues and casual conversations with eclectic dialogue revealing each character’s perspectives on several subjects, and the film features an ironic combination of humor and strong violence. TriStar Pictures reportedly turned down the script as ‘too demented’ but Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was enthralled.
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