How Films Tell Stories: The Narratology of Cinema

How Films Tell Stories: The Narratology of Cinema

by Larry A. Brown

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How Films Tell Stories: The Narratology of Cinema by Larry A. Brown

"How Films Tell Stories" (2nd ed.) presents a concise and engaging introduction to the narrative strategies of cinema. In part one, Aspects of Story, major theories of plot structure, character, and fictional worlds are applied to cinema. Part two, Aspects of Discourse, discusses how the story is communicated, examining techniques of cinematic narration such as time manipulation, perspective, cinematography, editing, and sound. Each chapter concludes with questions encouraging readers to produce their own analyses of the narrative strategies of films. A supplemental website provides video links to many of the film scenes discussed in the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945527142
Publisher: Creative Arts Press
Publication date: 03/23/2018
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Narratology............................................. 1

PART ONE: ASPECTS OF STORY

2. Plot: Basic Units................................................................. 9

3. Plot Structure................................................................... 21

4. Reading for the Plot......................................................... 49

5. Character.......................................................................... 63

6. Reading Character........................................................... 79

7. Fictional Worlds............................................................... 91

PART TWO: ASPECTS OF DISCOURSE

8. Time................................................................................ 113

9. Perspective..................................................................... 127

10. Cinematography............................................................ 153

11. Editing............................................................................ 173

12. Sound.............................................................................. 185

Index of Films .................................................................... 199

Bibliography....................................................................... 205

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This summer we attended a series of public presentations called “How Films Tell Stories” by Professor Brown, who teaches at David Lipscomb University here in Nashville, at one of the branches of the public library. He was also selling his book on the subject, and I bought a copy. In his book, he breaks the subject down into plot, character, fictional worlds, time, perspective, editing, and sounds. He uses a minimum of academic jargon and explains what the terms mean when he has to use them. Brown also uses a lot of examples, the vast majority of which I was familiar with. The SF and fantasy films he mentions included 12 Monkey, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Back to the Future, The Planet of the Apes, Blade Runner, District 9, Enchanted, George of the Jungle, Groundhog Day, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jurassic Park, Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, Pleasantville, Spaceballs, Spiderman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Terminator, Lord of the Rings, Dark Knight, The Matrix, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Ring, The Road Warrior, The Sixth Sense, The Wizard of Oz, Total Recall, War of the Worlds, Westworld, and X-Men. It was an enjoyable read, and I learned a lot.