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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...

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

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...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...

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

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...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...

Ambition

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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...Selfishness: a disregard for others, an escalating ruthlessness employed in the pursuit of ambition. It is often a central theme in comedy. Examples:Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)Two men get involved in a complex...

Coincidence

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

...Coincidence: a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection. Note: this is a new category, missing from Polti’s original, but I feel it is a more essential tool in cinema than it is in theatre...

Conflicts with Power

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:12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)A ‘free’ black man is kidnapped into slavery and battles to survive the cruelty of his owner.The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999)A whistle-blower tries to expose the corruption within the tobacco...

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

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...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...

Dream State

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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...Dream: a series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. This is another dramatic situation that did not exist in Polti’s original.Examples: Un Chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929) 8 ½...

Erroneous Judgement

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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...The categories listed below appeared in Polti’s original book. Hitchcock used many of them in his films. Perhaps his repressive Catholic background contributed to his obsession with guilt and suspicion: as a child he was placed in a prison...

Incest

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

...Incest: sexual intercourse between people classed as being too closely related to marry each other. (Latin – incestus, meaning impure.) Usually between father and daughter, sometimes between mother and son, sometimes between siblings...