Quentin Tarantino has contributed to many highly regarded projects in the entertainment industry. But there was only one movie he felt closest to pulp Fiction.
The inspiration behind ‘Pulp Fiction’
Quentin Tarantino once shared his belief that his pulp Fiction included many stories that audiences had seen before. But he said he wanted to take those familiar narratives seen in previous films a step further. He attempted to accomplish this feat by actually spending time with certain types of characters.
“Well, the idea in pulp Fiction was the idea of taking the – I wouldn’t say film noir, but the pulp genre that was represented in the case of magazines like Black Mask where Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett wrote them,” he once said on The American Film Institute. “And so I thought the idea in the case of pulp Fictionit would be pretty cool to take three separate stories and make them the oldest stories in the book.
Tarantino would go on to describe where he originally got the idea for his characters.
“Whether it’s the character of Vincent, the thug has to go out with the boss but ‘Don’t touch her!’ And there’s a whole story of who’s touched it and what’s going on. Well, we’ve seen that before, a million times. In the case of the Bruce Will story, it was the boxer who was supposed to start the fight and he doesn’t and now the crowd is chasing him. We’ve seen this story a million times before,” he said.
Tarantino completed this experience by making these different characters interact in a new way.
“So that was the idea of taking these chestnuts and putting them together. And then having these characters sort of intertwined,” he explained.
Quentin Tarantino named the movie closest to ‘Pulp Fiction’
In 2009, Tarantino presented Inglourious Basterds on the big screen. Basterds was a passion project for Tarantino that he had been working on for years. Initially, Basterds was a movie he struggled with. The ideas were so grand that the filmmaker wondered if he should have done Basterds a miniseries instead.
“You know, I had the idea for this story a long, long time ago, but it was just too big. It was like a novel. I struggled with it for a long time and then finally I tidied up. And so when I decided to release it again, I thought, “Okay, maybe I could do it as a miniseries, but let me try to tame that, to make a movie out of it,” he once told Filmmaker.
When Tarantino started doing Basterdsthe rhythm of the film reminded him a lot of his pulp Fiction days.
“It’s kind of a f******-free rhythm. That doesn’t mean it’s a great action movie. It just means there is a good steady rhythm. I don’t bask in every scene. But there is a mixture of dialogue with action. It’s probably the closest thing I’ve ever done pulp Fiction“, he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Quentin Tarantino once explained why he was ‘pissed’ with the Oscar results for ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Tarantino was a little upset with Basterds Oscar results. Although the film was nominated eight times, Best Supporting Actor was its only win. The distinction went to Spectrum starring Christoph Waltz.
“You know, it was like…I hadn’t shamelessly promoted Inglourious Basterds in any way, shape or form. But I did what I was asked. I did a real campaign, okay? And maybe I overdid it a bit. And yes, we won the supporting role, but I was a little pissed off with the results. And I’ll probably never do that again,” he once told GQ.
He especially wanted to win the award for best original screenplay, because it would have linked him to another filmmaker.
“I’m not competitive as a director. But the thing is, if I win a third screenplay Oscar, I’ll be tied with Woody. [Allen]. I can’t beat Woody until I’m even with him,” he explained.
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