In 1992, two French interviewers asked Quentin Tarantino – who was less than thirty years old and presented at Cannes. The hyenas, his first film – if he had plans for the future. He said yes, he already wrote his second film script, Pulp fiction. The interviewers misunderstood – Pope (Pope) rather than Pulp – and asked him a surprise if he was writing a religious film. Tarantino said, not to be an anthological film about some criminals. He explained that there were three stories inspired by the mainstream of the genre crime, that some characters appear in all the stories and so can "man who starred the first story died in two seconds in the third". Tarantino explained that he had written one story out of three and added: "It's one of those stories that I don't know I will be able to write until I have written the last page." "
The interviewers took no further interest in that project and only asked if Tarantino wrote the script in Europe. He explained that he was writing it in Amsterdam, where he had gone to live for a few months, and he didn't know yet when he would turn it. He was shot at the end of 1993, more than a year after that interview and two years later, on 21 May 1994, he returned to Cannes to present him.
In Tarantino the idea for Pulp fiction has come in the late 1980s, even before writing and directing The hyenas. When he was still working as a sales clerk for Video Archives, video rent in the suburbs of Los Angeles. His colleague Roger Avary worked with him in that shop. Tarantino and Avary spent their time talking about films and even decided to write them. "It wasn't a big difference," Avary said: "We had to write what we had already told each other".
Both tried to send offers and screen papers: at first it was bad for both of them, then Tarantino took the right time and managed to notice himself with a couple of screen screens and get what he needed to write and direct his film: The hyenas. Tarantino had already considered an "anthological" film, but, for budgetary reasons too, he preferred in that case to say one story, a robbery, and keep the others aside. It seems, among other things, that the history of the robbery The hyenas Tarantino took him from among those he had set aside for his "anthological" film. The fact is that The hyenas went out, went well, Tarantino noticed himself and decided to move to Amsterdam because, as he explained in the interview with both Frenchman, he had never been outside the United States and it seemed a nice place to start.
Tarantino and Avary – which in the meantime managed to spot itself and prepare Killing Zoe, his first film as director – they had planned to make a three episode film: one directed by Tarantino, one by Avary and another by a third director. The movie should be called Black mask, in tribute to old magazine "pulp" stories (stories of rare value, often of criminals and detective: like it's called because they've printed on bad paper, from the name " pulp). They did not find the third director and thought that a chapter film would not be successful, changing plans.
In fact, Tarantino and her changed. It's not clear how or how much Avary contributed to the script Pulp fiction and over the years the two have quarreled about it. What is sure is that piece of Pulp fiction from a story originally written and written by Avary and which, for a time, had reached Tarantino in Amsterdam. But Avary's story was refined and integrated into the film by Tarantino and Avary went to the project. Pulp fiction even before the script was completed, because he wanted to give himself to him Killing Zoe.
However, a Tarantino, which was purchased from Avary, the story he had written and the movie was actually considered a movie "has been written and its to direct" t "by Tarantino. Avary's story was the story of a boxer who sold his own game; other stories Pulp fiction rather, they were written by Tarantino, and, above all, he chose to fit them together in an unconventional way, which did not respect the chronological order of events.
As he said diversity, in late summer 1992 Tarantino left Amsterdam, where he had lived in a room without a phone or fax, with a dozen blocks full of notes of what would become a script Pulp fiction. To transcribe the story per machine was Linda Chen, a typist who talked about hundreds of pages of writings that can not be written. It is said, even for The hyenas, Tarantino had the practice of writing with bad calligraphy, often with words written as they were noted, rather than as they had written, and in many cases without any punctuation marks . Chen talked about Tarantino as a "mad genius", but eventually, after a few months, both managed to complete an appropriate script, in both form and substance. On the first page of the script, 159 pages in total, Tarantino had been written "May 1993 DEFINITIVE VERSION". Chen said that his way of letting production houses know that he would not "allow them to add notes or amendments."
Tarantino had managed to wait three months in Amsterdam thanks to advance by Jersey Films, a production company Danny De Vito. They had met in 1991, when DeVito had noticed that Tarantino was the only person who could speak faster than Martin Scorsese and, above all, he had promised Tarantino to fund whatever he wanted to do. With the script in hand, and with the help of Jersey Film, Tarantino succeeded over a few months to collect more money – mainly from Miramax, from Harvey Weinstein – and on 20 September 1993, began filming.
Tarantino chose to shoot the film with the same team he had worked with The hyenas. The budget was about eight million dollars, but Tarantino told them that he had a $ 25 million film in mind, and therefore needed to commit himself to it. On some things he saved himself – for example on the car driving the two main characters, of Tarantino – but on others, he chose to spend a lot: the most expensive view is the one shot at the local dance, Jack Rabbit Slim: it doesn't exist and it was set up for the occasion, spending about 150 thousand dollars.
Tarantino managed to edit the film and, two years after the interview he had spoken of, returned to Cannes to present. Pulp fiction it was first shown May 21, 1994, 25 years ago today. Two days later Pulp fiction he won the Golden Palm at Cannes. The film was defined by the critic Roger Ebert as the most influential in the nineties: as well as winning Cannes, this is the best example of how a small and "independent" film could have huge success for the public. Pulp fiction give me a whole genre of movies Pulp fiction and in doing so, he said "imaginatively imaginary" of moments, quotations and references. Pulp fiction he immediately created a cult around Tarantino and his way of making films and at the same time managed to be a high quality cinema and pop culture phenomenon.
For some films you have to search for the moments or scenes you have even remembered after years. is Pulp fiction The scenes are those moments that are as much as you'd say first which ones aren't. There are dozens of videos analyzing the works that Tarantino was inspired by those who in turn inspired them from Pulp fiction, dozens of stories about the scenes and their meanings, dozens of small details that have been reported and analyzed.
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Tonight at Cannes, just 25 years after release Pulp fictionhowever, there will not be one of those ceremonies where a film anniversary is celebrated. The presentation of the ninth and the film is highly anticipated by Quentin Tarantino: One time … in Hollywood.