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How Films Tell Stories (2nd edition)

Supplemental Material

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Narratology

p. 3 Forrest Gump: reordering story events in the discourse

p. 4 The Wizard of Oz: difference in story and discourse


Chapter 2: Plot – Basic Units

p. 10 Hamlet: opening ghost scene

P. 12 Nashville trailer

p. 12 Last Year at Marienbad trailer

p. 17 The Godfather: Michael shoots Sollozzo and McCluskey

p. 17 Groundhog Day: suicide attempts


Chapter 3: Plot Structure

p. 22 Gran Torino funeral

p. 23 Sunset Blvd. opening scene

p. 23 Citizen Kane opening scene

p. 24 Erin Brockovich

p. 25 The Godfather: “That’s my family”

p. 26 Dial M for Murder: suspense (we see it coming)

p. 28 Back to the Future

p. 28 It’s a Wonderful Life

p. 30 Casablanca: final scene

p. 30 The Omen: final scene

p. 31 Planet of the Apes: final scene

p. 32 Forrest Gump: final scene

p. 37 The Fugitive: opposing protagonists

p. 40 Westworld: science fiction western

p. 40 Back to the Future 3: gun fight

p. 44 The Trip to Bountiful


Chapter 4: Reading for the Plot

p. 50 Amadeus: opening

p. 51 A Streetcar Named Desire

p. 51 Life of Pi

p. 52 Hamlet: Claudius at prayer

p. 56 Crash: car rescue

p. 56 Star Trek: Kirk meets Spock

p. 56 War of the Worlds: saved by germs

p. 56 Jurassic Park: saved by the T-Rex

p. 56 Shakespeare in Love: Queen Elizabeth’s surprise appearance


Chapter 5: Character

p. 65 Star Trek: death of red-shirt

p. 65 The Seventh Seal: Death plays chess

p. 66 Dr. Strangelove: Peter Sellers in multiple roles

p. 67 Boyhood: trailer

p. 70 The Silence of the Lambs: Clarice meets Lecter

p. 70 The Matrix: red or blue pill?

p. 70 Wall Street: greed is good

p. 74 The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Peter arrives late to graduation

p. 75 2001: A Space Odyssey: H.A.L. 9000, artificial intelligence as a character

p. 75 Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon

p. 75 Casablanca: Sam the piano player

p. 76 My Fair Lady: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face”

p. 76 Being There: Chauncey’s advice to the President

p. 76 Psycho ending

p. 77 Annie Hall subtitles

p. 77 Shawshank Redemption

p. 77 Vertigo: Scottie sees Madeline


Chapter 6: Reading Character

p. 80 Jurassic Park: Dr. Grant scares boy

p. 82 Rear Window opening

p. 85 The Sting: poker game

p. 86 Rain Man

p. 88 Gone with the Wind

p. 89 Tootsie: the big reveal

p. 89 Fiddler on the Roof: Tevye sings about “Tradition”


Chapter 7: Fictional Worlds

p. 95 Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace: Qui-Gon Jinn explains midichlorians

p. 95 The Godfather: Don Corleone says no to the narcotics business

p. 95 Gandhi

p. 95 Selma: civil disobedience for a higher cause

p. 98 The Matrix: there is no spoon

p. 99 Contact: facts vs. faith

p. 100 Stranger than Fiction: Harold meets his author

p. 101 Annie Hall: scene with Marshall McLuhan

p. 102 Spaceballs: watching video of Spaceballs

p. 103 Mary Poppins: visiting a sidewalk chalk drawing

p. 103 The Simpsons: Bart and Lisa in an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon

p. 103 Purple Rose of Cairo: Tom steps off the screen

p. 104 Invasion of the Body Snatchers: “You’re next!”

p. 107 “Why so serious?” transmedia campaign


Chapter 8: Time

p, 114 The Godfather: meeting with Solozzo (flashforward)

p. 115 Casablanca: flashback to Paris

p. 117 The Pawnbroker: fragmented memories

p. 118 Last Year at Marienbad (trailer)

p. 119 Terminator 2: possible future

p. 121 Adaptation: human evolution in two minutes

p. 121 Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Sir Lancelot attacks

p. 122 Notting Hill: walk through the seasons

p. 123 2001: A Space Odyssey bone to spaceship edit

p. 124 Mildred Pierce opening scene

p. 125 Rashomon


Chapter 9: Perspective

p. 128 Double Indemnity: Walter Neff narrates his confession

p. 130 Casino: death of a narrator

p. 130 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: direct narration

p. 133 Henry V: narrator

p. 133 “Duck Amuck” (Daffy Duck cartoon): narrative metalepsis

p. 133 George of the Jungle: fighting with the narrator

p. 136 The Lodger: transparent floor

p. 136 Little Shop of Horrors: dentist song

p. 140 A Clockwork Orange: Alex jumps from window

p. 140 A Beautiful Mind: Nash cracks the code

p. 141 Eyes of Laura Mars

p. 141 Lady in the Lake: narrator POV

p. 142 Schindler’s List: girl in red coat

p. 143 The Gold Rush: Chaplin turns chicken

p. 143 Slumdog Millionaire: fantasy death scene

p. 144 Blackmail: knife scene

p. 144 The Conversation: interview with sound editor Walter Murch

p. 145 Hamlet (Olivier): ghost scene with mother

p. 148 Forrest Gump: distorted perception of Jenny’s father


Chapter 10: Cinematography

p. 153 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith opening scene

p. 154 Touch of Evil opening scene, long shot

p. 154 Strangers on a Train: first meeting

p. 155 Foreign Correspondent: fall from Westminster

p. 155 Star Wars: opening scene

p. 155 War of the Worlds: the unseen battle

p. 157 Pirates of the Caribbean

p. 157 A Fish Called Wanda

p. 157 Dracula: train

p. 158 Dracula: absinthe

p. 158 Metropolis

p. 158 2001: sunrise over monolith (around 6:00)

p. 159 The Shining: meeting the girls

p. 160 Star Wars: meeting Darth Vader

p. 160 Citizen Kane: after the election loss

p. 160 Mission Impossible: Dutch angles

p. 161 The Godfather: ending

p. 161 The Graduate

p. 161 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

p. 161 2001: HAL lip reads

p. 162 Citizen Kane: deep focus

p. 163 The Graduate: running to the church (around 2:19)

p. 163 Jurassic Park: pulling focus

p. 163 The Graduate: confession

p. 163 Halloween

p. 163 The Shining opening scene

p. 164 Sunset Blvd. ending

p. 164 Citizen Kane: after the crash

p. 164 The Vertigo effect

p. 165 Barry Lyndon: slow zoom-out

p. 165 Blowout

p. 166 Psycho: basement scene

p. 166 Fatal Attraction

p. 166 Suspicion

p. 167 The Lion King

p. 167 Dark City

p. 167 A Streetcar Named Desire

p. 167 The Natural

p. 168 Apocalypse Now: Col. Kurtz

p. 168 Citizen Kane: reporters

p. 168 Othello trailer

p. 168 Dracula shadow

p. 169 Greed

p. 169 The Andromeda Strain (trailer)

p. 169 The Godfather: Don Corleone buys oranges

p. 170 Vertigo: color

p. 170 Gone with the Wind

p. 171 The Shining: elevator of blood

p. 171 Murder on the Orient Express (spoiler)

p. 171 Dick Tracy trailer


Chapter 11: Editing

p. 173 Kuleshov’s experiment with editing

p. 174 Touch of Evil opening scene, long shot

p. 175 The Godfather: christening scene

p. 176 Amadeus: burning crucifix

p. 176 History of continuity editing

p. 178 Breathless: an analysis of discontinuity editing

p. 179 The Life of an American Fireman

p. 180 Strangers on a Train crosscutting

p. 180 The Silence of the Lambs

p. 181 North by Northwest transition

p. 181 Forrest Gump transition to flashback

p. 182 Raiders of the Lost Ark opening match cut

p. 182 Psycho: shower scene

p. 182 Hugo match cut


Chapter 12: Sound

p. 188 Witness: boy identifies killer

p. 188 Apocalypse Now: opening

p. 188 The 39 Steps: scream

p. 189 Citizen Kane: from stump speech to political rally

p. 189 Amadeus: mother-in-law to Queen of the Night

p. 191 2001: a Space Odyssey

p. 191 The Day the Earth Stood Still: eerie theremin music

p. 192 Catch 22: “2001” theme parody

p. 192 All that Jazz: “I think I’m gonna die”

p. 192 Natural Born Killers: “I Love Mallory” scene

p. 193 Musical themes from The Lord of the Rings

p. 195 Fiddler on the Roof: “If I were a Rich Man”

p. 195 My Fair Lady: “Wouldn’t it be Loverly?”

p. 195 Little Shop of Horrors: dentist song

p. 195 Fiddler on the Roof: “Do you Love me?”

p. 196 My Fair Lady: “The Rain in Spain”

p. 196 Fiddler on the Roof: “To Life!”

p. 196 My Fair Lady: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face”

p. 196 West Side Story: “Tonight” reprise

p. 196 Gypsy: “Let me Entertain you”

p. 197 1776: “Sit Down, John”

p. 197 Evita: “Good Night and Thank you”

p. 197 Chicago: “We Both Reached for the Gun”


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