Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction Comes Full Circle

This time, there was no fainting in the audience.

JerusalemFilmFestivalLogoWhen Pulp Fiction premiered at the 1994 New York Film Festival, there was the kind of dramatic moment that, today, would be punctuated by a trending Twitter hashtag. From a 2013 Vanity Fair oral history of the movie:

Tarantino sat with [Eric] Stoltz, who recalls, “We were sitting on one of those Juliet balconies, where you can look down on the audience. Just as the needle scene was happening, they brought the lights up. There was shouting: ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ People ran down the aisle and carried this fellow, who had fainted, out. I started to feel bad. This is not what you want as an actor: to endanger people’s lives. And Quentin said, ‘This is exactly what you want, for people to get so consumed that they faint.’”

The movie was stopped for nine minutes. “I was sure people would think I planned it,” Harvey Weinstein said at the time. “Just another Miramax publicity device.”

On Friday at the 33rd annual Jerusalem Film Festival, Tarantino screened a 35 millimeter print of Pulp Fiction from his private collection. And in the audience was a woman who was also present at the aforementioned 1994 New York Film Festival screening, when that diabetic man suffered what QT deemed during this weekend’s accompanying moderated discussion “a visceral reaction.”

Another fun tidbit from Jerusalem Post contributor Hannah Brown’s report is her measure of the July 8 Shabbat night Q&A screening’s popularity:

The Tarantino event sold out within minutes after it was announced, and I have to admit that for the first time ever, several people asked to buy my ticket — which was not for sale.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Quentin Tarantino Explains How He Deals With Inglorious Media Coverage
Slate Chats With Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Favorite Imitator’
Bret Easton Ellis Interviews Quentin Tarantino