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Maps matter -- updated

Is Los Angeles a suburb of Los Angeles? T.J. Sullivan points out a significant error in the collector's DVD edition of Pulp Fiction in Native Intelligence. A subtitle states that Echo Park is a suburb of L.A.

As I recall, there were some scenes filmed at an old motel on Riverside Drive, where Bruce Willis's character hides from the bad guys with his French girlfriend. The motel has been torn down since the film was made, and it's on the Silver Lake side of the great divide. There may be other Pulp Fiction scenes in "Echo Park" that I do not remember. One thing that stays with me about the movie, though, is the scrambled sense of place it presents. Groovy, atmospheric locales one after another, a lot of driving, street signs, a general sense of no continuity that is out of alignment with reality. Yes, and...? It works for the movie. The thing Pulp Fiction does get right is a feeling that Los Angeles is vast.

This just in from my source -- that would be T.J. Sullivan, who responds to my request for info on the Echo Park location in Pulp Fiction: "The house that Vincent goes to when he buys the baggy of heroin from the character played by Eric Stoltz is in Echo Park. The dealer has no balloons, only baggies, which is why Mia later mistakes it for coke, which sends Vincent back to Echo Park in the middle of the night with Mia in OD and needing an adrenalin shot."

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