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" The Killers " (1927)

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Transcript of " The Killers " (1927)

The plot
Writing Style and Narrative technique
Pulp Fiction
directed by Quentin Tarantino, 1994
Historical context
in the 1920s ...
(1927)
" The Killers "
Initial Situation
Two guys walk into a bar

Conflict
The two guys act like jerks

Complication
The two guys make some unreasonable demands

Climax
The killers reveal that they’re going to kill Ole Andreson

Suspense
Everyone waits for seven o’clock to roll around

Denouement
Ole Andreson

Conclusion
"I’m going to get out of this town."
organized crime
Chicago
murder of Andre Anderson
Why? he defeated Jack Dempsey
3rd person narrator
(e.g. line8: "Nick followed the women..")
unobtrusive
omniscient
(e.g. line 20: "It sounded silly when he said it.")
dialogue
(e.g. line 5: "Is Ole Anderson here?" Do you want to see him?")
uncomplicated technique
(dialogue)
plain grammar
accessible language
inspired by Hemingway's story
Cast
John Travolta
Bruce Willis
Samuel L. Jackson
Uma Thurman
The Killers
directed by Robert Siodmak, 1964
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Ava Gardner
Edmond O'Brien
Sam Levene
Focus on the text: "The Killers"
short, rhythmic sentences
(e.g. line 13: "Come in")
Characters created by showing them in action and interaction
Setting : physical
(e.g. line 1 : "outside, arc-light shone trough the bare branches of a tree.")
and it's functional to the plot
suspense
Iceberg theory
Main Theme
The Evil
black color
murdering
reactions to evil :

Sam,
the cook :
he pretends it isn't there
George
, the manager of the diner :
recognizes it, but no direct contact with it
Anderson
:
he waits it passively

Nick
:
he recognizes it and attempts to do something


From : Men Without Women (1927)
a collection of short stories, the volume includes :
The Undefeated
In Another Country
Hills Like White Elephants
The Killers
Che Ti Dice La Patria?
Fifty Grand
A Simple Enquiry
Ten Indians
A Canary For one
An Alpine Idyll
A Pursuit Race
Today is Friday
Banal Story
Now I Lay Me
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