April 17, 2020

Tarantino Explains Nonlinear Storytelling in this 'Pulp Fiction' Video Essay

Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime film challenged the status quo. Let him tell you how he did it.

“Any time of the day is a good time for pie,” as Fabienne says, but any time of day is also good for Pulp Fiction.

When Pulp Fiction came out, no one had seen anything quite like it. Its grisly storylines are told out of order and intertwine in amazing ways. The characters are big, funny, memorable, and in a couple of cases, insane.

And several of the film’s moments have become iconic—everyone knows the dance at Jack Rabbit Slim’s or that scene with the adrenaline shot.

This week, CinemaStix compiled some of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction insights into a video essay that explores everything that makes this groundbreaking film unique.

Watch the video below, then dive into the key takeaways!

The Structure

Pulp Fiction starts at the end and then takes the audience through a winding journey through several perspectives. Tarantino acknowledges that this approach doesn’t always work. Sometimes it’s just more impactful to follow a story in a linear way.

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Source: NoFilmSchool