Over the weekend, the wonderful folks at the Tallgrass Film Festival (the annual Wichita, Kansas fest that we’ve previously described as one of the best under-the-radar film fests in the country) were kind enough to fly in your film editor for their excellent weekend of movies, interactivity, and Midwestern hospitality. I was there for a 35mm screening of Pulp Fiction, tied to the release of my book Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece. They also brought in Ronnie Yeskel, Pulp’s casting director, and Karyn Rachtman, the film’s music supervisor, for a post-movie Q&A which I had the pleasure of moderating. In the course of that discussion, I learned a few new things about the movie (which turned 19 last week), and confirmed a few of the more interesting rumors about its production.
Tarantino had been waiting to use “You Never Can Tell” in a movie for a long, long time.
“I was very close with Quentin’s mother for a while,” Rachtman said, and she came to the set on the day they were shooting the Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest. When she heard Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell,” she interrogated Rachtman: “‘Why did Quentin choose this song?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ She said, ‘I used to listen to this song all the time when I was pregnant with him.’”