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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...

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...

Revenge Contained Within a Family

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:Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998)At the 60th birthday party of Helge, a successful hotelier, his eldest son, Christian, decides to finally expose his father for sexually abusing him and his twin sister (who has committed...

An Enemy Loved

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

...Although this is closely related to situation 28, it has one essential difference: each of the lovers belongs to a separate group and these groups are at war with each other. In contrast, 28 tends to focus on more obvious obstacles...

Self-Sacrifice for Idealism

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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...Self-Sacrifice: the giving up of one’s own interests or wishes in order to help others or advance a cause. Examples: On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)A dock worker (Marlon Brando) becomes politicised when he observes...

Recovery of a Lost One

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:The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)A young girl is abducted by Comanches. Her immediate family are killed, but an uncle and her half-brother begin a long search for her. During the course of the film it becomes clear that even...

Remorse

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

...Remorse: deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed – ‘They were filled with remorse and shame.’ Our personal morality is entirely the result of the social environment in which we grow up. Whether we like it or not, society forms...

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...

Disaster

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

...Disaster: a sudden accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life; an event or fact that has unfortunate consequences. Synonyms: calamity, catastrophe, collapse, failure, fiasco, tragedy, misadventure....