Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Pulp Fiction: In Chronological Order

Part of the research I'm doing for my dissertation involves looking at the structure of well-known narrative based films.  Here's one bit of data I processed today - Pulp Fiction in chronological order:


Acts from the Film

1. Prologue—The Diner (i)
2. Prelude to "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife"
3. "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife"
4a. Prelude to "The Gold Watch" flashback
4b. Prelude to "The Gold Watch" present
5. "The Gold Watch"
6. "The Bonnie Situation"
7. Epilogue—The Diner (ii)

(from wikipedia)

Chronological Event Order

-Act 4a-
1.Butch's great grandfather bought the gold watch and wore it in WWI
2.Butch's grandfather wore the watch in in WWII
3.Winocki delivered the watch to Butch's father
4.Butch's father hid the watch in Vietnam
5.Koons hid the watch in Vietnam
6.20-30 years before the start of the film: Koons delivered the watch to Butch

-Act 2-
[7.Recently before the start of the film: Vincent visits Europe]
8.Morning: Vincent tells Jules about Europe
9.Vincent tells Jules he will be escorting Marsellus Wallace's wife
10.Jules executes Brett
11.A man bursts out of the bathroom at Brett's house shooting at Vincent and Jules but misses
12.Jules and Vincent return fire surviving
13.Jules decides that not being killed was a miracle

-Act 6-
14.Vincent accidentally kills his informant Marvin
15.Jules calls Jimmie for help and heads to his house
16.Jimmie calls Winston Wolf who helps dispose of the car
17.Jules and Vincent head to breakfast

-Act 1/Act 7-
18.Jules and Vincent eat breakfast in a coffee shop as Pumpkin and Honey Bunny plot to rob the diner and its customers
19.Vincent goes to the bathroom
20.Pumpkin and Honey Bunny hold up the diner
21.Pumpkin and Honey Bunny demand Jules' briefcase
22.Jules points his gun at Pumpkin, Honey Bunny points hers at Jules
23.Vincent emerges and points his gun at Honey Bunny
24.Jules delivers his sermon and Honey Bunny and Pumpkin leave
25.Jules and Vincent leave

-Act 3-
26.Butch accepts money from Marsellus to lose a fight.  Later Butch bets his payoff on him winning
27.Vincent and Jules deliver the briefcase
28.Later: Vincent buys heroin
29.Vincent shoots up and travels to Mia's house
30.Vincent and Mia go to Jack Rabbit Slim's
31.Mia overdoses
32.Lance and Vincent revive Mia
33.Mia and Vincent agree not to tell Marsellus about the event

-Act 4b-
34.Butch begins the fight he has been paid to lose

-Act 5-
35.Butch flees the arena after winning
36.Esmarelda tells Butch that he killed his opponent
37.Butch and Fabienne lie low
38.The next day: Butch discovers he has forgotten his Gold Watch
39.Butch returns to retrieve his Gold Watch
40.Butch kills Vincent Vega (who is waiting to kill Butch) as he exits the bathroom
41.Butch drives away but encounters Marsellus Wallace
42.A foot chase ensues and both end up in a pawnshop and are held at gunpoint by Maynard
43.Maynard takes Marsellus to be raped, and the gimp watches Butch
44.Butch breaks free killing Maynard and shooting Zed in the groin freeing Marsellus
45.Marsellus informs Butch that they are even, given some conditions
46.Butch returns to pick up Fabienne



Film Event Order

-Act 1-
18.Pumpkin and Honey Bunny plot to rob the diner and its customers
20.Pumpkin and Honey Bunny hold up the diner

-Act 2-
8.Morning: Vincent tells Jules about Europe
9.Vincent tells Jules he will be escorting Marsellus Wallace's wife
10.Jules executes Brett
11.A man bursts out of the bathroom at Brett's house shooting at Vincent and Jules but misses
12.Jules and Vincent return fire surviving
13.Jules decides that not being killed was a miracle

-Act 3-
26.Butch accepts money from Marsellus to lose a fight.  Later Butch bets his payoff on him winning
27.Vincent and Jules deliver the briefcase
28.Later: Vincent buys heroin
29.Vincent shoots up and travels to Mia's house
30.Vincent and Mia go to Jack Rabbit Slim's
31.Mia overdoses
32.Lance and Vincent revive Mia
33.Mia and Vincent agree not to tell Marsellus about the event

-Act 4-
1.Butch's great grandfather bought the gold watch and wore it in WWI
2.Butch's grandfather wore the watch in in WWII
3.Winocki delivered the watch to Butch's father
4.Butch's father hid the watch in Vietnam
5.Koons hid the watch in Vietnam
6.20-30 years before the start of the film: Koons delivered the watch to Butch
34.Butch begins the fight he has been paid to lose

-Act 5-
35.Butch flees the arena after winning
36.Esmarelda tells Butch that he killed his opponent
37.Butch and Fabienne lie low
38.The next day: Butch discovers he has forgotten his Gold Watch
39.Butch returns to retrieve his Gold Watch
40.Butch kills Vincent Vega (who is waiting to kill Butch) as he exits the bathroom
41.Butch drives away but encounters Marsellus Wallace
42.A foot chase ensues and both end up in a pawnshop and are held at gunpoint by Maynard
43.Maynard takes Marsellus to be raped, and the gimp watches Butch
44.Butch breaks free killing Maynard and shooting Zed in the groin freeing Marsellus
45.Marsellus informs Butch that they are even on some conditions
46.Butch returns to pick up Fabienne

-Act 6-
14.Vincent accidentally kills his informant Marvin
15.Jules calls Jimmie for help and heads to his house
16.Jimmie calls Winston Wolf who helps dispose of the car
17.Jules and Vincent head to breakfast

-Act 7-
18.Jules and Vincent eat breakfast in a coffee shop
19.Vincent goes to the bathroom
20.Pumpkin and Honey Bunny hold up the diner
21.Pumpkin and Honey Bunny demand Jules' briefcase
22.Jules points his gun at Pumpkin, Honey Bunny points hers at Jules
23.Vincent emerges and points his gun at Honey Bunny
24.Jules delivers his sermon and Honey Bunny and Pumpkin leave
25.Jules and Vincent leave

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