Narrated Films: Storytelling Situations in Cinema History

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In Narrated Films, Avrom Fleishman explores the distinctive literary techniques often used by filmmakers to tell their stories. Through close viewings of ingeniously paired films, Fleishman documents five narrational practices in the cinema: voice-over ( Orpheus and Sunset Boulevard); dramatized narration, in which the film is a story that one character tells another ( The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Hiroshima Mon Amour); multiple narration, in which a number of characters tell the story that is the film ( ...

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Overview

In Narrated Films, Avrom Fleishman explores the distinctive literary techniques often used by filmmakers to tell their stories. Through close viewings of ingeniously paired films, Fleishman documents five narrational practices in the cinema: voice-over ( Orpheus and Sunset Boulevard); dramatized narration, in which the film is a story that one character tells another ( The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Hiroshima Mon Amour); multiple narration, in which a number of characters tell the story that is the film ( Rashomon and Zelig); written narration, whether through diaries or letters ( Letter from an Unknown Woman and Diary of a Country Priest); and the cinematic version of interior monologue, which Fleishman terms mindscreen narration ( Brief Encounter and Daybreak).

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Attempts to show that traditional definitions of scientific knowledge. Argues (accompanied by many literary and philosphical examples) that science, technology, and the humanities developed in concert with each other, and that their reciprocal relationship transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Cloth edition (unseen), $35. Develops a theory of storytelling in film, then, illustrating with pairs of classic movies, analyzes voice-over, dramatized, multiple, written, and mindscreen narration. Attention is also paid to the effect on narrative of the switch from silent to sound movies, and to new-wave cinema. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801842221
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 264

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Avrom Fleishman is a retired professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University and is the author of numerous books, including The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf: A Critical Reading (both available from Johns Hopkins), The Condition of English, and New Class Culture.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: What Is Film Narration, after All? 1
1 Storytelling Situations: Working Definitions 20
2 From Silence to Sound: Texts and Voices 29
3 New Wave; Art Cinema; How It Is 53
4 Voice-over Narration: Orpheus and Sunset Boulevard 75
5 Dramatized Narration: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Hiroshima Mon Amour 99
6 Multiple Narration: Rashomon and Zelig 128
7 Written Narration: Letter from an Unknown Woman and Diary of a Country Priest 149
8 Mindscreen Narration: Brief Encounter (with a Bow to Daybreak) 173
Continuation: Questions for Research 191
Notes 205
Index 237
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