It is not every day that we see a director making as much impact on the film industry as Quentin Tarantino did with his Pulp Fiction in 1994. In 1992 he had already attracted the attention of the acclaimed actor Harvey Keitel and producer Lawrence Bender with Dogs for Hire, film director's debut. The reason for the attention attracted was - oddly enough - the simplicity, the everyday, the banal dialogues that we have in everyday life placed in unusual situations. And that is exactly one of the many merits that make Pulp Fiction timeless and so influential for cinema, watch online the timeless classic and tell us what you think!
Lawrence Bender said, "Pulp Fiction is that mafia movie with the scenes that any ordinary director would cut from the film." He couldn't describe it any better. Tarantino does not intend to demonstrate only the “important” part of the scene. Instead of cutting to the famous scene of the speech “Ezekiel 25:17”, it shows the two feared killers Jules and Vincent talking about foot massages, hamburgers, TV shows, before going to murder some boys at the behest of Marsellus Wallace as if they were at a barbecue on the weekend. It is in this regard that Tarantino differentiates itself.
The director's idea was not to release a feature film, but 3 separate shorts. No interconnections in the stories and directed by different people. He contacted Roger Avary (Oscar winner for Original Screenplay alongside Quentin), who was responsible for the story of boxer Butch (played by Bruce Willis). Tarantino had written the story in which Vincent takes Mia Wallace to the restaurant, and had already written and created the character Jules for Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks after “Dogs for Hire” (Samuel auditioned for “Dogs for Hire”, Tarantino loved it, but couldn’t fit it in the film. He liked it so much that he wrote a new character for the actor). After the director realized that he had incredible and enough material for a film, he decided to interconnect the stories and turn them into a feature film.
What most directors do when they involve robberies, mafia, hired killers, etc., is to demonstrate what many would consider “important” for the scene itself. An example: In director Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, the opening scene involves Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta killing a guy in a car trunk, but Scorsese cuts directly at them by stopping the car and killing. If Tarantino was responsible for driving, we would certainly have a few minutes in the car with the mobsters, watching their discussions while they arrest someone in the car. That is the difference, Quentin shows us the banal conversations, the moments when these unethical mafiosi are like us, discussing things that anyone would discuss in their free moments in their lives.
In addition to this interesting perspective, it promotes the approach of the public to the murderers, an attempt to identify and perhaps even a certain amount of empathy with the characters.
One of the greatest inspirations for Tarantino in his films is the novels, especially those of Elmore Leonard (Quentin's favorite writer). According to the director: “I always found the formula of the novels fascinating, the non-linear structure in chapter forms. It's something I always wondered 'Why isn't this being used in cinema?' In 1997, 3 years after Pulp Fiction, Tarantino was to adapt an Elmore novel: 'Jackie Brown'.
Quentin Tarantino always likes to joke with viewers, whether with some mystery in the plot of the film or with small details that cause a certain uproar among fans. In Pulp Fiction, the director never shows what is inside Marsellus Wallace's briefcase. Some theories say it contains Marsellus' soul, others say it is the diamond suitcase from the theft previously seen in Dogs for Hire. The director never explained what is actually in the briefcase, and I understand why. The answers are not always interesting, putting the doubt in the mind of those watching is more personal, each one imagines and interprets what they want, watch now the film and find out what your interpretation is.