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Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece [Hardcover]

Jason Bailey
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15 Nov 2013

When Pulp Fiction was released in theaters in 1994, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. The New York Times called it a “triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey,” and thirty-one-year-old Quentin Tarantino, with just three feature films to his name, became a sensation: the next great American director.
Nearly twenty years later, those who proclaimed Pulp Fiction an instant classic have been proven irrefutably right. In Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece, film expert Jason Bailey explores why Pulp Fiction is such a brilliant and influential film. He discusses how the movie was revolutionary in its use of dialogue (“You can get a steak here, daddy-o,” “Correct-amundo”), time structure, and cinematography—and how it completely transformed the industry and artistry of independent cinema. He examines Tarantino’s influences, illuminates the film’s pop culture references, and describes its phenomenal legacy. Unforgettable characters like Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) are scrutinized from all-new angles, and memorable scenes—Christopher Walken’s gold watch monologue, Vince’s explanation of French cuisine—are analyzed and celebrated.
Much like the contents of Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase, Pulp Fiction is mysterious and spectacular. This book explains why. Illustrated throughout with original art inspired by the film, with sidebars and special features on everything from casting close calls to deleted scenes, this is the most comprehensive, in-depth book on Pulp Fiction ever published.


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760344795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760344798
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘the Pulp Fiction of Pulp Fiction books… With its dynamic deployment of guest essays, infographics and fan art, the contents are as varied as those in the film, and proof of Pulp’s continuing influence… an accessible volume that doesn’t stint on insight, with a particularly astute reading of Tarantino’s shot choices. Crucially, Bailey’s tone – colloquial without dumbing down, stimulating without being bogged down in academic jargon – is as one with Tarantino’s cool vernacular. The ideal “tasty beverage” to help wash down your next rewatch.’

(Simon Kinnear Total Film)

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JASON BAILEY (New York, NY) is the film editor at Flavorwire and a film expert who has written for the Atlantic, Slate, Salon, the Village Voice, and many other publications. He saw Pulp Fiction six times during its initial theatrical release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story" by Jason Bailey is a new book that discusses the phenomenon of "Pulp Fiction" movie that brought back to life some forgotten actors, and its director Quentin Tarantino raised to the deserved stars.

Jason Bailey who obviously knows a lot about the movie matters is exploring what made this movie so different, great and influential in the history of cinema.
He discusses several key aspects of the movie, starting with the fabulous dialogues that are trademarks of this and all subsequent Tarantino movies, memorable characters which are still fresh in the memory even 20 years after the movie was released, references which appeared during the movie that connects it with other artistic genres and pop culture, as well as the enormous impact that the movie caused on following movies and the movie industry in general.

For many movie fans great news is that the author in his work also included numerous movie stills and behind-the-scenes photos from the Miramax Films production company and Tarantino himself which enable additional sneak peek in some lesser known aspects of this movie.

Therefore, this book can be recommended to all those who have all these 20 years many times watched "Pulp Fiction" enjoying some missed detail with each new view, and also because when you compare it with the large majority of modern production even more we can realize what masterpiece Quentin Tarantino created.

For all such people the author has written a book that you will quickly read, and then often flip through...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book that you will quickly read, and then often flip through... 28 Nov 2013
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
“Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story” by Jason Bailey is a new book that discusses the phenomenon of “Pulp Fiction” movie that brought back to life some forgotten actors, and its director Quentin Tarantino raised to the deserved stars.

Jason Bailey who obviously knows a lot about the movie matters is exploring what made this movie so different, great and influential in the history of cinema.
He discusses several key aspects of the movie, starting with the fabulous dialogues that are trademarks of this and all subsequent Tarantino movies, memorable characters which are still fresh in the memory even 20 years after the movie was released, references which appeared during the movie that connects it with other artistic genres and pop culture, as well as the enormous impact that the movie caused on following movies and the movie industry in general.

For many movie fans great news is that the author in his work also included numerous movie stills and behind-the-scenes photos from the Miramax Films production company and Tarantino himself which enable additional sneak peek in some lesser known aspects of this movie.

Therefore, this book can be recommended to all those who have all these 20 years many times watched “Pulp Fiction” enjoying some missed detail with each new view, and also because when you compare it with the large majority of modern production even more we can realize what masterpiece Quentin Tarantino created.

For all such people the author has written a book that you will quickly read, and then often flip through...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing look at an excellent film 6 Dec 2013
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Movie geeks like me were thrilled beyond words when Tarantino first arrived on the movie scene back in 1992. With RESERVOIR DOGS, he showed us that filmmaking didn’t have to be bland and lifeless; it could be violent, vibrant, and saturated with dramatic intensity. I’m sure there are very few people in the industry that would argue the fact that he truly helped to reinvent American cinema. As a result, a whole new era of filmmaking was brought forth, and the entertainment world will never be the same.

Tarantino’s second film, PULP FICTION, would become his magnus opus and forever solidify his name as an iconic filmmaker. This film is the focus of Jason Bailey’s recent release, an epic undertaking that shows us the methodology behind the madness that is PULP FICTION. This amazing inside look lets us peek into Tarantino’s mind and show us the inner-workings within.

If you are any kind of fan of Tarantino’s films, then this book will be a must-own for you. It doesn’t just show behind-the-scenes footage of the film, it lets you into Tarantino’s psyche. It describes his inspirations, his ambitions, and more. One might even say it is semi-biographical, as it relates how specific milestones in his life can be found reflected in his films.

PULP FICTION: THE COMPLETE STORY OF QUENTIN TARANTINO’S MASTERPIECE is amazingly thorough and chocked full of articles and photos related to PULP FICTION and Tarantino himself. My favorite aspect of this book is how it shows the influence the film has had on everyday life, not just in the movie industry. The impact it has had on pop culture is almost immeasurable. From quotes to gestures to facial expressions, we can see this film almost everywhere in both subtle and straightforward features.

PULP FICTION: THE COMPLETE STORY OF QUENTIN TARANTINO’S MASTERPIECE is not just a tome devoted to a movie...it is a chronicle of a generation-inspiring film that filmmakers for generations to come will study and analyze. I highly recommend this book and suggest you pick it up asap. It is available now.
5.0 out of 5 stars I mean really? 22 Jan 2014
By Kristopher G. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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I hate to even beg the question, but are you looking at this because you DIDN'T LOVE Pulp Fiction? NO! you're looking at it because you did. if you loved the film, you'll love the book, period
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 26 Dec 2013
By Scott Ray Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Anything and everything you could ever want to know about Pulp Fiction is likely in this book. I love the back-story on Tarantino and his days working in the video store. I can just imagine him railing on at about mach 6, spewing opinion, critique, factoids & who-knows-what-else. A must-have for the true PF fan.
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pul fiction 8 Dec 2013
By Marion C Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
for my son-in-law for Christmas. this was on his wish list so I know he will enjoy it. arrived as promised.
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