Graphic Violence In Quentin Tarantino

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“Graphic violence is an inescapable and ubiquitous characteristic of contemporary cinema” (Prince 1). This quote by Stephen Prince in his book Graphic Violence in the Cinema: Origins, Aesthetic Design, and Social Effects almost perfectly embodies the spirit of Quentin Tarantino movies. Although most movies contain some sort of violence, Tarantino involves it in a way like no other filmmaker; it is described as an “adrenaline shot” as well as keeping humor a part of the violence. Unlike classical films, Quentin Tarantino holds nothing back in showing gore and blood, all the while using it as a narrative device throughout the film.
As the adrenaline shot was punched into Mia Wallace’s chest by Jules in Tarantino’s movie Pulp Fiction, audiences were transitioned from an almost stressful and melancholy scene to being thrown into the blatant violence of the adrenaline shot being punched into Mia’s chest. This is where Tarantino’s “adrenaline shot” was originally coined. Tarantino is defined as using his “adrenaline shot” by having an almost ordinary scene be quickly cut to short scenes of violence. For example, in Pulp Fiction, he uses it for the scene when Buck goes back to his house to get his watch and finds Jules in the house with him. The scene goes quickly from Jules walking out of the bathroom, to the toaster pastry jumping out of the toaster, to Buck massacring Vincent with his Uzi machine gun. This how a prime example of how Tarantino depicts violence in his movies.
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