Heroes and Anti-Heroes Essay

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To what extent does Quentin Tarantino challenge Hollywood’s ideas of heroes in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill? Subject area: Film May 2014 Word count: 3592 Abstract IB number: 1024-025 Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol. 1&2 are films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. I viewed and analysed them for research purposes for my extended essay. I was intrigued by the concept of independent cinema; what defines independent cinema and how it differs from Hollywood cinema. My attention was attracted by Quentin Tarantino who is considered as independent filmmaker but does not fulfill its features. Instead of establishing him as indie film director, I decided to analyze how he and his characters do challenge Hollywood’s notion of heroes. I began with watching his films, such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill trying to identify different features that make Tarantino an indie director. I found out that he represents his heroes in different ways to popular Hollywood-made films. I determined how the characters from Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill are presented and how they challenge the notion of heroes made by Hollywood. I analyzed the characters and their personalities and use of mise-en-scene and mise-en-shot. I found out that the characters’ individuality makes them outsiders, and they surprise the audience by breaking down the schema of typical Hollywood hero. Table of Contents Introduction……………………………………………..page 4 Pulp Fiction……………………………………………..page 5 Kill Bill Vol. 1&2………………………………………page 8 Conclusion……………………………………………...page 11 Works cited……………………………………………..page 12 Introduction Films, unlike books, give a visual picture of a story. It is the film director’s interpretation, which gives the audience a reading of the story. It is also

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