Twenty years ago, Quentin Tarantino brought Pulp Fiction to the Cannes Film Festival and walked away with the Palme d’Or and instant stardom. It was here that he first introduced audiences to a stylized world full of unforgettable characters and on Friday night, he and Uma Thurman are hosting a special anniversary screening at the very place that launched his incredible, iconic career.
Villard/Niviere/Sipa/AP Images – “Pulp Fiction” at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.
It’s hard to imagine that before Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill Vol. One, Kill Bill Vol. Two and all of his other collaborations, Tarantino was just another excited independent filmmaker trying to make it, that is, until the Cannes screening happened. Read what New York Times critic Janet Maslin wrote about the phenomenon of Pulp at Cannes.
EVER since Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction created a sensation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won top honors (the Palme d’Or), it has been swathed in the wildest hyperbole. In fact, it has sparked an excitement bound to look suspect from afar. It must be hard to believe that Mr. Tarantino, a mostly self-taught, mostly untested talent who spent his formative creative years working in a video store, has come up with a work of such depth, wit and blazing originality that it places him in the front ranks of American filmmakers.
For all of you fortunate Cannes attendees, Pulp Fiction will be screening on Friday, 5/23 at 9:30pm CEST on Cannes Beach.