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Pulp Fiction Essay

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Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece crime drama, Pulp Fiction, truly is an amazing film. Like its namesake, the pulp magazines of the 50's, Pulp Fiction is graphic and violent, but it's much, much more than that. Tarantino beautifully weaves together three equally important, interconnected stories in telling this film, and it is excellent in countless ways.First of all, this is all made possible by the acting expertise of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, and Bruce Willis. Overall, I thought this was one of the best-acted films I've ever seen, and not just ...view middle of the document...

Another interesting shot was a very simple one. Many of the lengthy, humorous discussions between Vincent and Jules have few cuts, slowing the film down and emphasizing the dialogue, which is perhaps the best part of the whole film. This reminds me of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, also somewhat of a dark comedy. Furthermore, I thought the "trunk shot," when the camera looks up at Vincent and Jules from the trunk was interesting, although I've seen it in other movies of his. Finally, when Butch (Bruce Willis) has a flashback to the day he received his prized golden watch- which has a very funny back-story- from Captain Koons (Christopher Walken), Walken's character is shown from the young Butch's sitting position, thus making him appear very large and putting the viewer in the mindset of the child.Although this is a very unique film, I was able to make a lot of comparisons from it and could see where Tarantino got his inspiration for a lot of scenes. For one, the scene in which Marsellus sees Butch leaving town in his car while crossing the street is very similar to a scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Soon afterward, Butch saves Marsellus from the sadistic rapists Maynard and Zed in a scene that obviously draws inspiration from Deliverance. In searching for a weapon, he goes through a hammer, baseball bat, and chainsaw (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) before choosing a more honorable weapon: the katana (Seven Samurai). Ironically, all of these weapons are at the counter of the store he and Marsellus were imprisoned in. There are countless other homage and memorable scenes in this film, but some of them escape me, and I couldn't say all...

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