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In a book as entertaining as it is enlightening, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films. She also takes on the myth that modern Hollywood films are based on a narrative system radically different from the one in use during the Golden Age of the studio system. < P> Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's < i> Our Hospitality< /i> to < i> Casablanca< /i> to < i> Terminator 2< /i> --Thompson explains such staples of narrative as the goal-oriented protagonist, the double plot-line, and dialogue hooks. She domonstrates that the three-act structure, a concept widely used by practitioners and media commentators, fails to explain how Hollywood stories are put together. < /p> < P> Thompson then demonstrates in detail how classical narrative techniques work in ten box-office and critical successes made since the New Hollywood began in the 1970s: < i> Tootsie< /i> , < i> Back to the Future< /i> , < i> The Silence of the Lambs< /i> , < i> Groundhog Day< /i> , < i> Desperately Seeking Susan< /i> , < i> Amadeus< /i> , < i> The Hunt for Red October< /i> , < i> Parenthood< /i> , < i> Alien< /i> , and < i> Hannah and Her Sisters< /i> . In passing, she suggests reasons for the apparent slump in quality in Hollywood films of the 1990s. The results will be of interest to movie fans, scholars, and film practitioners alike.

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The author analyzes Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, comprehensible, entertaining films. She also takes on the myth that modern Hollywood films are based on a narrative system radically different from the one used during the Golden Age of the studio system.

Synopsis:

Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films. Thompson then demonstrates in detail how classical narrative techniques work in ten box-office and critical successes made since the New Hollywood began in the 1970s including Tootsie, The Silence of the Lambs, Parenthood, Alien, and Hannah and Her Sisters.

Synopsis:

to movie fans, scholars, and film practitioners alike.

Synopsis:

In a book as entertaining as it is enlightening, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films. She also takes on the myth that modern Hollywood films are based on a narrative system radically different from the one in use during the Golden Age of the studio system.

Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2--Thompson explains such staples of narrative as the goal-oriented protagonist, the double plot-line, and dialogue hooks. She domonstrates that the "three-act structure," a concept widely used by practitioners and media commentators, fails to explain how Hollywood stories are put together.

Thompson then demonstrates in detail how classical narrative techniques work in ten box-office and critical successes made since the New Hollywood began in the 1970s: Tootsie, Back to the Future, The Silence of the Lambs, Groundhog Day, Desperately Seeking Susan, Amadeus, The Hunt for Red October, Parenthood, Alien, and Hannah and Her Sisters. In passing, she suggests reasons for the apparent slump in quality in Hollywood films of the 1990s. The results will be of interest to movie fans, scholars, and film practitioners alike.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-391) and index.

About the Author

Kristin Thompson is an honorary fellow in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Modern Classicism

2. Tootsie

3. Back to the Future

4. The Silence of the Lambs

5. Groundhog Day

6. Desperately Seeking Susan

7. Amadeus

8. The Hunt for Red October

9. Parenthood

10. Alien

11. Hannah and Her Sisters

12. Hopes and Fears for Hollywood

Appendix A: Large-scale Portions of Classical Films

Appendix B: Bombs, or What Makes Bad Films Bad?

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674839755
Author:
Thompson, Kristin
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Narration (rhetoric)
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture plays -- Technique.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 931
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 halftones
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 25 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The author analyzes Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, comprehensible, entertaining films. She also takes on the myth that modern Hollywood films are based on a narrative system radically different from the one used during the Golden Age of the studio system.
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films. Thompson then demonstrates in detail how classical narrative techniques work in ten box-office and critical successes made since the New Hollywood began in the 1970s including Tootsie, The Silence of the Lambs, Parenthood, Alien, and Hannah and Her Sisters.
"Synopsis" by , to movie fans, scholars, and film practitioners alike.
"Synopsis" by , In a book as entertaining as it is enlightening, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films. She also takes on the myth that modern Hollywood films are based on a narrative system radically different from the one in use during the Golden Age of the studio system.

Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2--Thompson explains such staples of narrative as the goal-oriented protagonist, the double plot-line, and dialogue hooks. She domonstrates that the "three-act structure," a concept widely used by practitioners and media commentators, fails to explain how Hollywood stories are put together.

Thompson then demonstrates in detail how classical narrative techniques work in ten box-office and critical successes made since the New Hollywood began in the 1970s: Tootsie, Back to the Future, The Silence of the Lambs, Groundhog Day, Desperately Seeking Susan, Amadeus, The Hunt for Red October, Parenthood, Alien, and Hannah and Her Sisters. In passing, she suggests reasons for the apparent slump in quality in Hollywood films of the 1990s. The results will be of interest to movie fans, scholars, and film practitioners alike.

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