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Everything Sacrificed for Passion (Desire – Obsession – Sex)

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

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...Examples: Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)A married woman is drawn into an affair with a young female sales assistant. It is set in the 1950s. Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou, 1990)A young man falls in love with the wife of his cruel uncle....

Deliverance (Rescue)

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Deliverance: The action of being rescued or set free, saved from something dangerous or unpleasant; prayers for deliverance. Synonyms: redemption, salvation, acquittal. Example:It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)James Stewart...

Altered States – Madness

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Madness: a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking. Synonyms: folly, insanity, lunacy, idiocy, foolhardiness, irrationality. Examples: Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)A shy young French...

Daring Enterprise – Brave Adventure

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Enterprise: a project or undertaking, especially a bold or complex one. Example: Apollo 13 (Ron Howard, 1995)A moon mission goes wrong when an oxygen tank explodes. The mission is aborted and the crew have to overcome huge...

Murderous Adultery – Crimes of Passion

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Examples: La Femme infidèle (Claude Chabrol, 1969) (remade as Unfaithful (Adrian Lyne, 2002))The husband seeks out his wife’s lover, curious to see what he is like. They meet and it seems friendly, but something the lover says...

Enmity of Kinsmen – Family at War

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Enmity: a state or feeling of active opposition or hostility. It’s a family affair. Examples: Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund, 2014)A husband and wife battle each other over the truth of what happened during...

The Pursued – The Fugitive – The Outsider

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

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...Pursue: to follow or chase in order to capture or kill. Synonyms: go after, seek, trail, track, hound, hunt down, harass, harry, haunt. Fugitive: a person fleeing from hostile parties. Examples:The Fugitive (John Ford, 1947...

Adultery – Betrayal of Love

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Example: Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki, 2012)A husband has an affair, which ends when his mistress dies in a car accident. The police suspect that he killed the mistress. The wife and daughter find out. The wife exacts financial...

Fatal Imprudence – The Gambler

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

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...Imprudence: not showing care for the consequences of an action; rash. The element of risk is greater than the chance of success. Our Father, which art in Heaven, lead us not into temptation! Example: Fatal...

Abduction

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis is the renowned musician/film-maker whose career began with the People Show in the 1970s. His film credits include Stormy Monday, Internal Affairs, the award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, as well as the innovative digital films Timecode and Hotel. His photographs have been displayed at galleries, and he has created installations for gallery spaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

Faber & Faber, 2017

Book chapter

...Abduction: the action of forcibly taking someone away against their will. Example: Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)A businessman arranges for his wife to be kidnapped and held to ransom to solve his financial problems.Polti’s...