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Introduction: Film and the invention of history

Jonathan Stubbs

Jonathan Stubbs is Professor in the Communication Faculty at Cyprus International University, Cyprus. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Historical Film : A Critical Introduction

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

Book chapter

...[Charlton] Heston then dipped deeply into his historical studies to describe exactly what was known about El Cid. It sounded rather scrappy to a reporter: ‘You mean you and the screenwriter had to do a lot of guess-work?’ Mr Heston looked...

North by Northwest: 1,700 Miles in Nine Sequences

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...All writers should be aware of the profound distinction between a story (narrative) and the telling of a story (narration). A single story can be told any number of different ways, primarily by manipulating what the audience knows and when...

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Midpoint Reversal

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...This shattering 1975 winner of five Academy Awards is powered primarily by the tool of dramatic tension—the desire of one character, R. P. McMurphy, to beat the system to avoid labor at the work farm. McMurphy runs into some substantial...

Air Force One: Eight Sequences Eight Miles Up

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...In this 1997 film, screenwriter Andrew Marlowe and director Wolfgang Petersen teamed to create a polished and sophisticated thriller that demonstrates effective use of the four main tools, with dramatic and ironic tension building across...

Lawrence of Arabia: Sixteen Sequences and an Intermission

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...Because of its length, Lawrence of Arabia stretches the limits of the dramatic form. As first noted by Aristotle and reinforced by others, one aspect that distinguishes drama from the novel and other long narrative forms...

Double Indemnity: Flashback to the Future

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...Released in 1944 as a much-anticipated cinematic adaptation of a James M. Cain novel considered too risqué for the screen, Double Indemnity wound up winning several Academy Awards, among them Best Screenplay. It is noteworthy...

Being John Malkovich: The Disappearing Lead Actor

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...Upon initial viewing, this 1999 independent film seems a complete break from traditional storytelling, described by critics variously as “weird to the max,” “different from anything that came before it,” and “wonderful and inspired...

Toy Story: Firing on All Eight

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...Arriving in theaters in late 1995, Toy Story was acclaimed as a breakthrough for its use of computer-generated animation, and proved to be a major commercial success. But its success was not due solely to the technology behind it....

The Fellowship of the Ring: The Shotgun Approach

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...In bringing The Fellowship of the Ring to the screen, the filmmakers faced two difficult problems at the outset: a large “installed base” of devoted fans who had read J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and thus had...

Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria: Nocturnal Episodes

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting : The Sequence Approach

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

Book chapter

...This picture, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1957, provides a contrast in structure to the others analyzed herein. While by no means as “experimental” as the films Federico Fellini made a few years later, it is still...