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Pulp Fiction a film directed by Quentin Tarantino was released in 1994 The film won the Academy award for Best Original Screenplay and the Palme dOr at Cannes The film is three days in the lives of two Los Angeles gangsters Vincent Vega played by John Travolta and Jules Winfield played by Samuel L Jackson their stories and some of the stories of the people that they deal with during those two days Some critics denounced Pulp Fiction for its violence yet the film is not about the killings that happen in it Pulp Fiction is about its characters in potentially comic situations Tarantino uses these characters and their situations to achieve a hipness a funky American sort of pop masterpiece This hipness is a laid back nonchalant attitude mixed with some vanity and a sense of loyalty all with a modern flair The hipness is all part of the gangster mystique which American movie audiences love so much and on top of that Tarantino even adds the haunting shiekness of upper-scale drugs such as heroin and cocaine Tarantino absolutely harps on the wonderful dichotomy that gangsters present to get this hipness across to the audience The gangsters are shown both at their coolest and at their worst having money and enjoying life with the top down and radio on or overdosing on heroin and having to save each other because going to a hospital would result in an arrest Most of the characters in this film are the very personifications of hipness and Tarantino accentuates that in new or at least less conventional ways Using conventional directorial techniques sometimes in unconventional ways Tarantino gets the viewer to experience the hipness of his characters and to laugh at traditionally non-comedic scenariosTo keep his audience calm and cool so that it may experience the hipness of the film Tarantino uses a lot of long static camera shots During a conversation instead of cutting from one character
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