Films that help understand Narrative Structure

Films to help you understand the different parts of narrative structure.

Based off of Film 7014G Narrative Structure, Brooklyn College, Fall 2016

Based on the reading Story by Robert McKee

All Elements: Le Ballon Rouge (Lamorissee, France, 1956)

1. Protagonist and Desire: Sunrise (Murnau, Germany, 1927)

2. Antagonist and Rising Action: A Prophet (Audiard, France, 2009)

3. Climax, Resolution, Reversal: Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick, USA, 1987)

4. Creating Audience Identification with the Protagonist: Amour (Michael Haneke, France, 2012)

5. Cause and Effect, Creating a Consistent World: Groundhog Day (Ramis, USA, 1993)

6. Scene Structure, Units of Narrative Structure: Do The Right Thing (Lee, USA, 1989)

7. Visual Storytelling, Show Don’t Tell: M (Lang, Germany, 1931)

8. Text vs. Subtext: A Seperation (Farhadi, Iran, 2011)

9. Character Development 1: Sweetie (Champion, Australia, 1989)

10. Character Development 2: Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, Japan, 1957)

11. Backstory and Exposition: Chinatown (Polanski, USA, 1974)

12. The Subconscious and Dream Logic: Exterminating Angel (Bunuel, Mexico, 1962)


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