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PULP & THE PULPIT: THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO AND ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

Mark Irwin

in Literature and Theology

Volume 12, issue 1, pages 70-81
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/12.1.70
PULP & THE PULPIT: THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO AND ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

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The films of Tarantino and Rodriguez exemplify the capacity of recent American noir to function as a mode for religious inquiry. Bypassing the classic noir aesthetic, Tarantino and Rodriguez return to the roman noir, but cross-fertilize it with other forms of ‘pulp fiction’ and genre film. This paper investigates the formal film structure of the work of Tarantino and Rodrigues in three religious questions, expressed by means of their visual analogues: God, in the ‘cosmos of crime’; evil, in the dialectic between ‘guns and guitars’; and salvation, in the either/or of wisdom and compassion.

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