Wednesday, August 11, 2004

A Dog's Got Personality

Just finished reading this essay on the narrative structure of Pulp Fiction (via GreenCine Daily). If you're not a big fan of the movie, the essay probably isn't worth reading. The argument (as I understand it) is that in spite of its chronological leaps, the structure of the sequence of episodes in the film largely adheres to the conventions of a Hollywood-style narrative. The uses of classical narrative structure ground the film and allow it to more effectively comment on the passage of time in the characters' lives (emblematized by Butch's watch), a central thematic element. I think the argument is a bit of a stretch, but I've got some food for thought for the next time I watch the movie (just ordered the DVD).
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