Myth & the Movies: Discovering the Myth Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films [NOOK Book]


Designed as a companion to The Writer's Journey, Myth & the Movies analyzes 50 U.S. and foreign films in every cinematic genre.

Audience: Cinema enthusiasts and scriptwriters.

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Myth & the Movies: Discovering the Myth Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films

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Designed as a companion to The Writer's Journey, Myth & the Movies analyzes 50 U.S. and foreign films in every cinematic genre.

Audience: Cinema enthusiasts and scriptwriters.

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Identifies the common ingredients in movies as varied as , and , and shows how their structures follow established storyteller patterns, in particular the hero's journey. The movies are organized into ten genres. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Myth And The Movies: Discovering The Mythic Structure Of 50 Unforgettable Films is a unique and original approach to showing aspiring screenwriters how story development problems were solved by analyzing the production scripts of classic Hollywood films ranging from The Godfather, Some Like It Hot, and Citizen Kane to Dances with Wolves, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Star Wars Trilogy. Engaging, informative reading for film researchers, teachers, and playwrights, Myth And The Movies will also be of immense interest to film buffs and cinema historians, as well as the non-specialist general reader with an interest in enhancing their enjoyment of the movies by understanding the mythic roots of theatrical storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615930432
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 10/25/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,314,312
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Voytilla is a writer, script consultant, and teacher of acting and screenwriting.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Stages of the Hero's Journey 5
Archetypes: The Roles Characters Play 13
The Mythic Structure of Action Adventure 17
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 23
Seven Samurai (1954) 27
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 30
Die Hard (1988) 35
Thelma and Louise (1991) 42
The Mythic Structure of the Western 47
High Noon (1952) 53
The Searchers (1956) 56
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 61
Dances With Wolves (1990) 65
Unforgiven (1992) 69
The Mythic Structure of Horror 73
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 78
Jaws (1975) 82
Halloween (1978) 87
The Fly (1986) 92
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 96
The Mythic Structure of the Thriller 99
Double Indemnity (1944) 104
Notorious (1946) 109
Chinatown (1974) 113
La Femme Nikita (1990) 118
The Fugitive (1993) 122
The Mythic Structure of War 129
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 134
They Were Expendable (1945) 137
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 141
Das Boot (1981) 146
Platoon (1986) 150
The Mythic Structure of Drama 155
Citizen Kane (1941) 159
All About Eve (1950) 164
The Godfather (1972) 168
Ordinary People (1980) 174
Boyz N the Hood (1991) 179
The Mythic Structure of Romance 183
Casablanca (1942) 189
The African Queen (1951) 194
La Strada (1954) 198
Beauty and the Beast (1991) 202
The Piano (1993) 206
The Mythic Structure of Romantic Comedy 209
Bringing Up Baby (1938) 214
Singin' in the Rain (1952) 219
Annie Hall (1977) 223
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1978) 227
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 230
The Mythic Structure of Comedy 235
Some Like It Hot (1959) 240
The Graduate (1967) 245
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) 249
Home Alone (1990) 252
The Wrong Trousers (1993) 256
The Mythic Structure of Science Fiction and Fantasy 259
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 264
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 268
The Star Wars Trilogy 273
Star Wars (1977) 274
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 279
Return of the Jedi (1983) 285
Epilogue 293
Bibliography 295
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