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POMO POSTMODERN

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Synopsis Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marcellus Wallus. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. Ringo and Yolanda are two thieves who hold up a restaurant. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre, and uncalled for incidents. Pulp Fiction When Marilynn Monroe's skirt flies up over the vent of the restaurant, it is referencing a similar scene in 'The Seven Year Itch'. Marcellus Wallace spots Butch as he's using the crosswalk, which happened in Psycho as well. Vincent reads the pulp novel 'Modesty Blaise'.
It is about criminals being brought to justice. Ironically, Vincent is killed in this scene. Many different movies are references through the use of posters Hyperreality Pulp Fiction contains several instances of hyperreality. The biggest example is Jack Rabbit Slim's
There are posters of old movies on the walls
The waiters and waitresses are dressed like famous stars
The seats are old cars John Travolta using the same dance move as he did in Saturday Night Fever Fabulation Jules quotes a passage of the bible to people before he kills them. Celebrities Referenced

James Dean
Marilynn Monroe
Dean Martin
Lash La Rue
Donna Reed
Jimmie Walker
Andy Warhol Intertextuality Pastiche The name 'Pulp Fiction' connects to the popular pulp magazines of the 1950’s.

Pulp magazines featured writers that were free to write creatively, as most were independently published.

Pulp Fiction is given that same freedom of creativity, as it is an independent film. Pulp magazines focussed on subjecs such as sex, violence and drugs.
Maximalism-no morals, reason These three subjects are seen in Pulp fiction, sometimes all at the same time Metafiction Examples of Metafiction Paranoia Examples of Paranoia - Jules and Vincent are part of a Divine Intervention

- As a rule, Jules is the one who believes in a system where Vincent doesn't.

-Vincent shoots a kid named Marvin right in the face accidentally, and blames it on anything but him, showing he may believe in a divine intervention after all... Neo-Noire Thriller Crime - The timeline is out of order, the title cards and all of the clocks are set to 4:20

- Whenever any characters are in a car, the backdrop is awful. (Any car scene.)


- When Uma Thurman draws a rectangle on the screen Jules’s "What" dialogue The pop tarts before Vincent is shot Washing Vincent and Jules (especially the shirts) Vincent's "Bathroom" phenomenon Examples of fabulation: Temporal Distortion Some Examples of Temporal Distortions are: THE ENTIRE FILM!
Pulp Fiction is played in an achronological order. It is split into:
1. A prologue “The Diner (i)”
2. The Prelude to "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife"
3. “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife"
4. The Prelude to "The Gold Watch"
5. “The Gold Watch"
6. “The Bonnie Situation"
7. An epilogue “The Diner (ii)” Another example of Temporal Distortion is
when Butch is having a flashback. It shows his memory of when he received his father's gold watch. There are also a large number of time skips, usually while characters are driving. Black Humor There are many examples of black humor in Pulp Fiction.

It is split into two types:

Situational and Slapstick-esque -The two hit men, Jules and Vincent, end up wearing short-shorts and graphic-tees.

-When Marvin is shot the reaction of Jules and Vincent is irritation, because they have to clean the car. -Jimmie’s imagined reaction to his wife, Bonnie, walking in on him, Jules, and Vincent disposing of a dead body.

- The chase scene between Butch and Marcellus. They end up running into posts, and falling down a lot. -Focuses on the antihero, which lack conventional heroic qualities.
-Non-linear plot progression, with unusual camera angles distances viewers from the story -Deals with the inner workings of the crime culture
-Focuses heavily on the interpersonal dynamics of criminals. - Long shots are utilized to denote fear and anticipation
- protagonists are kept in danger, along with brief periods of relief from their situations. In Conclusion... Minimalism Examples of Minimalism -Entire movie follows a 'slice of life' format which follows multiple characters stories. Examples are Butch and Vincent. Examples of Challenging Meta-Narratives -Challenges the racial barrier of society through interracial marriage. Displayed by Marsellus Wallace and Mrs. Wallace. - Challenges religious views by misquoting or piecing together sections from religious texts. Jules' interpretation of Ezekial 25:17. -Challenges Society's view on same-sex relationships and activity through Butch's story. Challenging Meta-Narratives -Challenges the Good vs Evil aspect of movies since all characters are portrayed as gangsters and hitmen. -Characters have minimalistic traits. Names and jobs of some characters are not known until the film is well underway. The weapons Butch considers using in the pawnshop references to movies.

Hammer- Toolbox Murderers

Baseball bat - Walking Tall

Chainsaw- Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Sword- Seven Samurai -Jules' speech is minimalistic, as the significance of the speech is unknown right until the end of the film. - Characters have minimalistic conversations which add nothing to the plot. The Royale with Cheese makes note of that.
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