Pulp Fiction (1994)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Pulp Fiction

Two from Tarantino
Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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MIA: Marsellus throwing Tony out of a four-story window for giving me a foot massage seemed reasonable?

No, it seemed excessive. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

As this excerpt from Quentin Tarantino's Palme d'Or winner reminds us, the themes of violent excess and subjective reality have never been far from the writer/director's restless and inventive mind—one seemingly hard-wired for cross-pollinating cinematic genres, themes, and techniques. Tarantino also embodies and champions—as the now legendary account of his cinematic education as a video store clerk attests—the aesthetic of the first truly post-film-school wave of directors in the American tradition. In an interview with the BBC, he famously offered: "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'No, I went to films.' "

In this seminar dedicated to a close reading of Tarantino's most influential film, we will pay special attention to the complex matrix of cultural influences that found their way into the cinematic DNA of Tarantino's signature effort. These influences include, among many others, the French New Wave, exploitation films, film noir, television, pop music, the Bible, and the important literary traditions of pulp novels that gave rise to the underworld charmers whom Tarantino revived and reinvented so memorably in this contemporary classic.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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  • Thursday, July 27
    6:30pm 2017-07-27 18:30:00 2017-07-27 22:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Pulp Fiction Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA