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Narrative Principles

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Film Studies
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Film Studies 1020E
Peter Brunette

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Narrative Principles 3 November 2011 Telling a Story: "Asked what he wished for the film industry at large, Mr. Spielberg in his email said he would like ton see as much apassion devoted to stroytelling and "the discovery of new voices" as has gone toward the quest for new technologies" - New York Times, October 2011 - narrative startede with illterature Story/Plot: Citizen Kane: Story: - Kane as a child - adopted - Kane as budding newspaper proprietor - 1st marriage - success in business.... Plot: - Kane's death montage - newsreel reporting - journalists' discussion - Flashback to Kane's child... - what happens in the film chronologic - changes the way we look at the film - suspense, mystery, interest Characters: - singularity of the hero - one who stands out from the crowd - larger than life Character Development: Han Solo: - smuggler - self-interest, money motivated - meets Luke and Leia - develops sympathy with rebel struggle... - internal change Kane: Internal change: - idealistic to cynical - on the button to out of touch - charming to boorish External change: - rags to riches - young to old Character Types in Star Wars: - the villian (Darth Vadet) - the hero (Luke, Han) - the donor (Yoda, Obi Wan) - the helper (Chewbacca) - the princess (Leia) Character Types in Citizen Zane: - the villian (older Kane, her mother?) - the hero (Kane, the journalist? younger Kane?) - the donor (Thatcher? Leland) - the helper (Bersteinm, Susan?) - the princess
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