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How Films Tell Stories (1st edition)

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

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


Chapter 1

p. 10 Hamlet: opening ghost scene (in a modern setting)

p. 17 The Godfather: Michael shoots Sollozzo and McCluskey


Chapter 2

p. 23 Sunset Blvd. opening scene

p. 23 Citizen Kane opening scene

p. 25 Dial M for Murder: suspense (we see it coming)

p. 25 The Godfather: “That’s my family, not me.”

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 3

p. 50 Amadeus: opening

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

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

p. 58 The Omen: death scene


Chapter 4

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. 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


Chapter 5

p. 82 Rear Window opening

p. 84 The Sting: poker game

p. 86 Rain Man

p. 87 The Matrix: Neo chooses the red or blue pill

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


Chapter 6

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 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 7

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


Chapter 8

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: recorded threat

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

p. 147 Forrest Gump: distorted perception of Jenny’s father


Chapter 9

p. 153 Kuleshov’s experiment with editing

p. 154 Touch of Evil opening scene, long shot

p. 155 The Godfather: christening scene

p. 156 Amadeus: burning crucifix

p. 156 History of continuity editing

p. 158 Breathless: an analysis of discontinuity editing

p. 159 The Life of an American Fireman

p. 161 Psycho: shower scene


Chapter 10

p. 166 Witness: boy identifies killer

p. 166 Apocalypse Now: opening

p. 166 The 39 Steps: scream

p. 167 Citizen Kane: from stump speech to political rally

p. 167 Amadeus: mother-in-law to Queen of the Night

p. 169 2001: a Space Odyssey

p. 169 The Day the Earth Stood Still: eerie theremin music

p. 170 Catch 22: “2001” theme parody

p. 170 All that Jazz: “I think I’m gonna die”

p. 170 Natural Born Killers: “I Love Mallory” scene

p. 171 Musical themes from The Lord of the Rings

p. 172 Mary Poppins: “Step in Time”

p. 173 Fiddler on the Roof: “If I were a Rich Man”

p. 173 My Fair Lady: “Wouldn’t it be Loverly?”

p. 173 Little Shop of Horrors: dentist song

p. 173 Fiddler on the Roof: “Do you Love me?”

p. 174 My Fair Lady: “The Rain in Spain”

p. 174 Fiddler on the Roof: “To Life!”

p. 174 My Fair Lady: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face”

p. 174 West Side Story: “Tonight” reprise

p. 174 Gypsy: “Let me Entertain you”

p. 175 1776: “Sit Down, John”

p. 175 Evita: “Good Night and Thank you”

p. 175 Chicago: “We Both Reached for the Gun”



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