Monday, November 15, 2010

TODAY'S NUGGET: #16 WGA Script of All Time - Pulp Fiction (1994)

[Quick Summary: Two mob guys get in trouble. It's complicated.]

Although I could barely follow the four twisting plots, I could follow the dialogue. 

It was entertaining, and stems from character traits. 

ex. When Jules says "I'm trying real hard to be a shepherd" at the end, we know he's left behind some cynicism, but not all the way.

I think film critic Roger Ebert said it best:

"[I]t isn't the structure that makes "Pulp Fiction'' a great film. Its greatness comes from its marriage of vividly original characters with a series of vivid and half-fanciful events and from the dialogue. The dialogue is the foundation of everything else. 

Watching many movies, I realize that all of the dialogue is entirely devoted to explaining or furthering the plot, and no joy is taken in the style of language and idiom for its own sake. There is not a single line in "Pearl Harbor'' you would want to quote with anything but derision."

WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Great dialogue pushes the story forward to the next scene. On-the-nose dialogue just sits there like a lead bucket.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary

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