Unit 4.4 - Criticism - Major Paper

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What Do You Think?


   You have learned how to watch a film, and you have learned some critical theory now it's time to watch a story.

     In film, like books, there is nothing new under the sun.  There are, like in movie making, two basic kinds of plots: Episodic and Delineated.  In Episodic Plots, the story moves along a single plot line (A, B, C, D . . . ) like a simple fairy tale.  With a delineated plot, the plot moves backwards and forwards; it's told in pieces and relies on the reader to keep up (like Inception).  Within those styles of storytelling is the storyline, or the plot, and they take on 7 different looks:

  • Rags to Riches
  • The Quest
  • The Voyage and Return
  • Tragedy
  • Comedy
  • Overcoming the Monster
  • Rebirth

     In this unit, we will be looking at different plot lines.  In looking at those plotlines, we will also work on becoming critics, meaning we can can apply what we know about the different plots and we can assess whether the director did a clear and convincing job in his presentation of the material. 

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