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Pulp Fiction (English)

It is Tarantino’s genius that the various strands all tie up smoothly at the end.

Pulp Fiction (English)
Pulp Fiction (English)
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Year: 1994
  • Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken

So hitman Vincent (John Travolta) has to keep his druglord boss Marsellus Wallace’s wife Mia entertained for an evening. They are in a bar, drunk and doped, and she is setting him straight on a story everyone’s heard—on how Wallace threw a guy from the first floor of his house for allegedly giving her a foot massage, when all that he’d done is shake her hand. Suddenly, there is an announcement for the world-famous Black Rabbit Slims Twist Contest. The MC is asking for participants and Mia says, “Right here.” Vincent looks ashen, but Mia drags him to the dance floor. What follows for the next five minutes is pure magic, both Thurman and Travolta (showing off some of his leftover moves from Saturday Night Fever) do a scintillating twist number, and end up winning the trophy. Tarantino, in an interview, says the sequence was inspired by the Anna Karina dance routine in Godard’s Band A Part. Pulp Fiction has many of these iconic parts, and it is Tarantino’s genius that the various strands all tie up smoothly at the end. It’s now about two decades old, but every filmmaker from Seoul to Sao Paulo nod to him when it comes to cool even today.

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