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Emanuele Alberto Cirello

Emanuele Alberto Cirello


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About Me:I am a Year 13 student which aspires to be an architect. I am interested in anything I don't yet know, and I mostly write about art, politics , Italian culture and inspirational people, although I will try to write for as many categories possible, just to test myself and get to know more things.

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Pulp Fiction: Review - Part 2

Pulp Fiction: Review - Part 2

Pulp Fiction is like a cube, and each side of it is a different movie:  it is a comedy, a drama, a thriller, a sociological, a metaphorical and a noir all at once ... The viewer is left to grasp every aspect at once, or even one at the time. The show is guaranteed anyway.

Quentin Tarantino is an extraordinary storyteller able to enter into disarmingly futile dialogues and making them appear as they are functional to the plot, and interesting nonetheless regardless of the context, due to the clarity and consistency with which they are expressed. Tarantino is very good at seducing the viewer with stories and discussions so vapid in their content but yet so faultless in their progression, which may or may not be relevant to the progression of the event at all.

The title of the movie also states the nature of the film itself. Pulp usually refers to popular writing that is considered to be of poor quality due to its lack of cohesive shape and content. The movie appears to be just like a pulp fiction, which lacks of logic and order and feels more like an improvisation, which however is still elegant and elaborate. What seems to be illogical and messy at a first glance is set to become comprehensible due to the clarity typical of the Tarantino’s films. The filmmaker often divides his work in chapters, which are characterised by the presence of charismatic and talented actors which make the events of the chapters be memorable for the viewer, This type of structure is also seen in “Resevoir Dogs”, the neo-noir thriller which he wrote and directed and gave him his initial fame status.

The plot is basically divided into 7 chapters or narrative sequence.

The first is the “Prologue – The Diner”, in which two clumsy robbers, “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny”, are introduced. The second is “Prelude to Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife”, in which we are introduced to the two hitmen Jules and Vincent Vega and their boss Marsellus Wallace. The third sequence, “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife” is used to introduce Mia Wallace. The fourth and fifth sequence, “Prelude to the Gold Watch” and “The Gold Watch” narrate the story of boxer Butch. The remaining sequences, “The Bonnie Situation” and “Epilogue- The Diner” are instead used to complete the cycle of narration.

Each episode is therefore related in some way to the other, even if it is not respected the exact chronology of the stories that are being told. Sometimes the connection is accomplished through coincidences and unusual encounters, whereas in others through common characters, or by following the normal sequence of events. The plot starts and ends in the diner where at the epilogue Julius and Vincent neutralise the chaotic threat presented by “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny”, which are left free to escape by the two hitmen with the money that they stole.

But again in between the first and the second sequence the viewer has witnessed the death of one of the characters which are seen in the epilogue scene, and although it all sounds confusing, it becomes so easy and enjoyable to understand as you get involved with the illogical mechanisms of the movie.


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