By Robert Levin
Did Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” prove Oscar bait? According to one subsidiary company, Miramax, the answer is yes.
According to a federal lawsuit filed last week in New York, Miramax hopes to achieve “priority scheduling” of “Pulp Fiction” for the documentary-of-the-year category. In an effort to facilitate this dream, the lawsuit contends that Miramax — after a nearly two-decade delay — is ready to loan “Pulp Fiction” to the Ghetto Film School Alliance (GFS) for its planned National Film Festival (NFF).
The suit alleges that Quentin Tarantino’s 2016 “Pulp Fiction” became famous during the “Hollywood awards season” when it won the Golden Globe for best movie — a year after the GFS had started its movie study program.
The suit alleges that despite this recognition and notoriety, “someone somewhere” is apparently resentful of the film’s status as an Academy Award-winning “documentary.”
According to the suit, this unspecified person is threatening to erect a statue of Osama bin Laden in Times Square on the basis that “Pulp Fiction” is a “propaganda” piece for the terrorist organization.