|Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM|
Written by Olivia Iacoponi
As most focus on the 20th anniversary of the the ageless TV series Friends, an equally quirky, entertaining and memorable creation is eclipsed. Therefore, here’s a friendly but desperate tribute to the anniversary of the Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, whose twentieth birthday ought to be just as celebrated.
Released in late September 1994 and soon becoming a Tarantino classic, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is regarded as one of the most significant films of its era. The year following its release, ‘‘Pulp Fiction’’ was named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics; National Board of Review; Los Angeles Film Critics Association; Boston Society of Film Critic; Texas Society of Film Critics and many more film critic unions with long winded and intimidatingly impressive titles…Clearly, this film created a ripple in the film industry unlike any other. Tarantino was also named Best Director by all the above associations and more, such as the New York Film Critics Circle. ‘Pulp Fiction’ even won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2006, 12 years after its release. That’s one more than Leonardo Dicaprio.
There are various reasons and opinions as to why Pulp Fiction is so renowned. Some may say it is due to the legendary cast consisting of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and Harvey Keitel. Others argue it’s the direction, filming technique and perfect music assortment, all coming together to form one truly epic cinematic experience. However the most notable observation must be how the intensity of the violence in the film allows one to be able to draw comparisons from it to all time classics such as Hitchcock’s Psycho, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde. Being able to create this association purely validates the impressive nature of Pulp Fiction, whilst also making itself applicable to students of English as it delves into the depths of the gothic through gruesome and dark themes. All of these movies were able to inject life into the film industry and emphasise how monotonous and dull all other movies had become as they were recycling storylines and modifying them ever so slightly. Tarantino was able to show this through merely allowing an audience to enter the lively world of a selection lowlifes who occupy their time with drugs, violence and chitchat; breaking all conventions of contemporary plotlines, and changing the course of movie concepts for years afterwards. ‘Pulp Fiction’, therefore, deserves the recognition of creating its own niche that shaped the following makings of the same genre, much like the beloved Friends reformed the concept of the ‘sitcom’. (Insert image)
What you didn’t know about the film:
- The F-word is used 265 times in the movie.
- Every time Vinnie Vega (played by John Travolta) goes to the bathroom something tragic happens. The first is the armed robbery that occurs during Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vinnie’s diner breakfast. The second being Mia (Uma Thurman) overdosing on heroine. And the third, Vinnie himself being shot by Butch (Bruce Willis) as he emerges from the toilet.
- The scene where Vinnie plunges an adrenaline filled needle into the chest of Mia in order to revive her from her overdose was filmed with Travolta pulling the needle out of her, and then it was played backwards.
- Jules’ watch which had written ‘Bad Mother F****r’ on it actually belonged to Tarantino.
- When Captain Koons tells the young Butch the story about the gold watch that was a family heirloom, he refers to a solider called Winocki who transported it. Joe Winocki was the name of a character in Howard Hawk’s 1943 film ‘Air Force’, who was one of Tarantino’s personal heroes.
- The viewers are made to believe that Vinnie and Mia win the trophy for the dance competition when they go out for dinner. But later in the film when Butch is returning to get his watch, there is a radio bulletin saying how the trophy was actually stolen.
- The quote from Ezekiel 25:17 said by Jules in his speech is not even in the Bible.
Ultimately, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is an iconic cult film, a must-see for everyone, and should be put at the top of your film list if it isn’t already. Let’s hope it continues to be such for a further twenty years. Watch this space for the 30th anniversary edition.