For many, Quentin Tarantino's films defined American cinema in the 1990s. The films are seen as hard, fast, funny, stylish and filled with clever allusions to other films. Dana Polan sets out to unlock the style and technique of "Pulp Fiction". He shows how broad Tarantino's points of reference are, and analyzes the narrative accomplishment and complexity. In addition, Polan argues that macho attitudes celebrated in film are much more complex than they seem.