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Kubrick's The Killing and Tarantino's Pulp Fiction [Nov. 20th, 2004|08:33 pm]
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Has anyone seen Stanley Kubrick's early film noir "The Killing"? Made in 1956, it makes a fascinating comparison with Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. It’s amazing how many of the ideas that seemed so original and revolutionary in “Pulp Fiction” are actually found in “The Killing”. I’m not knocking Tarantino, and I actually loved “Pulp Fiction”.
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[User Picture]From: jojo_man
2004-11-23 03:49 am (UTC)
have you noticed how Tarantino uses styles and ideas of other great directors left and right? its kinda his style.
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[User Picture]From: dfordoom
2004-11-23 10:56 pm (UTC)
In some ways it's the style of modern American cinema. Lots of "homages" to directors of the past. Originality isn't exactly prized in Hollywood today.
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[User Picture]From: jojo_man
2004-11-28 04:48 am (UTC)
hence the remake of EVERYTHING that did a good job. willi wonka one of the most rcent
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[User Picture]From: helenabucket
2005-01-09 06:07 am (UTC)
I don't know...if it weren't for Tarantino, I wouldn't have known about all the films that he cribs from. Just like if it weren't for George Lucas (I'm now waiting to be pelted with garbage for saying this), I wouldn't have known about "Hidden Fortress", Joseph Campbell or Japanese cinema in general.
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[User Picture]From: dfordoom
2005-01-10 01:12 pm (UTC)
Anything that encourages people to discover Stanley Kubrick's films has to be a good thing.

I'm not sure about George Lucas though. I recently saw his much-praised early film THX-1138 and it was absolutely awful. I guess if he leads people to discover Japanese cinema (and I'm a huge fan of Japanese cinema) then perhaps he does some good, but I'm not sure that it's enough to compensate for the harm that he and Spielberg have done.
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-02-11 06:09 pm (UTC)
I found this thread looking to see if anyone else had noticed the same thing, specifically the scene in the Killing where Elisha Cook gets shot, which seems to be the template for the opening scene with Jules and Vincent in the apartment with Roger. The two scenes play differently, but the setting and overall structure are remarkably similar.
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