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The early work of director Quentin Tarantino with ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) are both excellent examples of mainstream Postmodern cinema. Both examples play with the idea of what is expected from an action film as well as the idea of linear storytelling. In ‘Reservoir Dogs’, the viewer isn’t shown the main event only what comes before and after, basing the story around a robbery that you never see. Tarantino takes this idea further in his follow up film ‘Pulp Fiction’ by simultaneously telling the stories of several characters over a period of time. Another example of Postmodern cinema is David Lynch’s first film ‘Eraserhead’ (1977.) Eraserhead is a Surrealist horror film about a young man who suffers from hallucinations. The film is distinctly Postmodern as it tries to shock the viewer and remove their understanding of where the main character stands between reality and dreams. Unusual names such as ‘X’ also take a sense of personalisation away from the characters and leave the viewer uncomfortable as they realise our names are steeped in tradition. “Pop in the most broadest sense was the context in which a notion of the postmodern first took shape” (Huyssen, After the Great Divide, p16)

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