Synopsis of Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction follows multiple different story lines filled with witty dialogue that keeps you entertained until the very end. The twist is that the story plays out of order in the actual timeline. It stars a fighting Bruce Willis, druggie Uma Thurman, and Hit-men Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta. The entirety of the film keeps you guessing at every scene, not fully knowing what will happen next. Even though it was produced over 20 years ago, it is still talked about by everyone in the filing industry and was the start of a filming revolution. But how did it become so successful?
Origin of the story
Pulp Fiction was the first independent film to gross over $200 million. In 1992 the director, Quentin Tarantino, had written the story of the film in dozens of notebooks. There were literally hundreds of pages of chicken scratch. But each page was a tons of notes that couldn’t be overlooked. When it was sent to his editor there were over 9000 grammatical mistakes. After it was advised, Tarantino kept the errors because he liked them. This proved to everyone that you didn’t have to be a great writer to have great ideas.
Tarantino would push the boundaries of filming by trying to test every shot possible, from every angle. He also chose to do something called “The Iron Curtain Strategy.” They only showed two screenings of the film before it’s actual release. This gave the full effect of the film when actually came out later. Tarantino was constantly trying new things that others had not done before and of course it worked.
One of the biggest secrets to success of filming is to catch the audience off guard. Pulp Fiction had tons of moments that no one ever saw coming. Like when John Travolta’s character shot a man in the head on accident. They were just having some simple dialogue when BANG! the gun he was holding goes off and splatters the poor mans bits of brain and blood everywhere.
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Another thing this film had that everyone else didn’t: witty dialogue. The scene where Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta’s characters go kill the men who did their boss wrong, is a prime example. Jules (Jackson) asks a character named Brett what Masellus Wallace (Their boss) looks like. He then retorts with the infamous “What?” Jules replies by saying “What country are you from?” Brett repeats himself and Jules gets angry and says “What aint no country i’ve ever heard of. What they speak in what?” Brett repeats himself again. Jules replies with one of the most famous lines in movie history. “ENGLISH MOTHERFUCKER DO YOU SPEAK IT??” This is meant to be an intense scene but Tarantino makes it to be a laughing matter as we laugh at his fear of Jules.
There were also times where the acting was actually improv. The scene where Vincent (Travolta) tells Jules that they don’t say Quarter Pounder in France. Instead he says that they call it a “Royale with cheese.” At a later time, Travolta admitted that he added in the improv for his own liking. Tarantino apparently liked it so he kept the scene the way it was. Dialogue is almost as important as the camera you film with. If you can’t tell a good story with the actors, then you have no film.
These are just some of the things that made this film one for the ages and possibly one of the best of all time. A healthy mix of dialogue, camera angles, and the unexpected aspect of a film can do wonders. This is why I’m daring to say that this my favorite movie and i hope it’s never forgotten.