Narrative Structures in Films

Diagram indicates relationships among factors present in the context of film narratives.

The main idea here is perhaps a rather obvious one: films, like other art, derive their creation, meaning, and purpose from multiple factors -- but these factors are structured by systematically connected social, moral, and intellectually accepted "rules." On the other hand, this is not an idea that the film industry itself seems to want to encourage, since it takes away from the mystique of such key words as "director, star, spectacle, and social relevance" that Hollywood uses to promote its creations. The diagram indicates not only "concrete" factors such as the requirements of proper narrative, but also a series of questions about the function of abstract concepts, such as Justice, that drive the production of socially useful narratives.

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Created on ... October 31, 2005