eBook Kristin Thompson ´ Storytelling in the New Hollywood Understanding Classical ´

In a book as entertaining as it is enlightening Kristin Thompson offers the first in depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniues and how they are used to make complex easily comprehensible entertaining films She also takes on the myth that modern Hollywood films are based on a narrative system radically different from the one in use during the Golden Age of the studio systemDrawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2 Thompson explains such staples of narrative as the goal oriented protagonist the double plot line and dialogue hooks She domonstrates that the three act structure a concept widely used by practitioners and media commentators fails to explain how Hollywood stories are put togetherThompson then demonstrates in detail how classical narrative techniues work in ten box office and critical successes made since the New Hollywood began in the 1970s Tootsie Back to the Future The Silence of the Lambs Groundhog Day Desperately Seeking Susan Amadeus The Hunt for Red October Parenthood Alien and Hannah and Her Sisters In passing she suggests reasons for the apparent slump in uality in Hollywood films of the 1990s The results will be of interest to movie fans scholars and film practitioners alike


10 thoughts on “Storytelling in the New Hollywood Understanding Classical Narrative Techniue

  1. says:

    So I didn't get the entire thing read but it's a series of case studies which I read several of Thompson outlines a four act narrative structure in contrast the the usually discussed three act structure and then traces it through detailed examination of Hollywood film plots A great model for narrative analysis


  2. says:

    In depth studies that make a point about classical film structure and Hollywood films of the nineties and you'll certainly understand the terms dialogue hook and dangling cause by the time you're done reading


  3. says:

    Screw Field and his well known 3 act structure for films Screw screenwriting manuals This is the shit