Essay on Film Pulp Fiction By Quentin Tarantino

1235 Words Apr 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Part of the beauty of modern cinema lies within its ability to visually depict the culture and society of any given period of time; it can combine history or science with action and emotion to create an authentic ambience. Not all of these depictions, however, are accurate portrayals of the reality of the situations featured in the given film; in those cases, the work reflects a version of the truth altered by the filmmaker and accepted by the audience. In Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction, the use of hyperreal violence and racial stereotypes reflects upon the attitudes of modern American society.
By the 1990’s, a number of filmmakers had taken to hyperreal violence for use as a critical cinematic device. Though Tarantino was not the first to use the device, his use of hyperreal violence in combination with the nonlinear chronology and unorthodox plotline of Pulp Fiction distinguishes the film from others in the same mob genre. Characterized by “technological overstimulation, gritty dialogue, dramatic storytelling, parody, and an appeal to gutsy naturalism”, hyperreal violence is used to entertain by engaging more primal emotions within audience members (Giroux 5).
However, Tarantino presents the violence in such a way that desensitizes the audience from its real world effects. Extensive dialogues almost always precede acts of violence in order to humanize certain characters prior to their transgressions. For example, conversation between hitmen Vincent Vega and…

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