SCREEN-L Archives

October 1994


Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Claudio Fernandes <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 27 Oct 1994 04:03:31 -0400
text/plain (32 lines)
Brilliantly put Edward O'Neil. I do think every little detail in a
responsible and authentic movie is there for a specific reason, even when
it's just absurd. I think the comments on race and sex and relationship
between lovers and relationship between boss and subservients are a
representation of a moral and social dynamic reflected on many aspects of
If somebody can't read Tarantino's comments on maleness, they probably can't
understand either his comment on black/white American conflict on the scene
of the rape. Who didn't know that the southern white security guard (friend
of southern Zed) would pick Marcellus? Gimme a break fellas...
Rape is violence not sex, but this violence comes from repressed sexuality on
the violator's part. Therefore I believe in the intension (counscious or not,
it's art) of the director to comment on the many repressed - in the closet -
homossexuals that become homophobics/psycho rapists as an insane tentative to
repel "the evil beast" that they carrie inside. I mean, rapists are loosers
of their own sexuality.
Pulp Fiction is extremely effective. The importance of the non-linear
narrative to sustain the movie's rhythm is crucial to show that the Director
used the basic cinematographic technique to his advantage. Tarantino created
a tension in the audience by his excellent rhythm (on the best school of
Hitchcock, Jarmush and Wenders), specially because he dealt with death and
fear of death. Something that pulses in our deeper essence. He's a stylist
Director that gives "humanity" to human violence which makes all very mind
blowing (who laughed when Travolta's character blew the head of the guy up in
the car?).
Claudio Fernandes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[log in to unmask]