Realism in Classical American Film. Hollywood Narrative. Table of Contents. 1 Realistic Narrative 2 Non-realistic Narrative 3 Purer Form of Realist Narrative. Narrative. Narrative - structured or constructed story which tells fictional or non-fictional events.
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Realism in Classical American Film
1 Realistic Narrative
2 Non-realistic Narrative
3 Purer Form of Realist Narrative
the laws of cause and effect. The mere
sequence of events will not make a plot.
Emphasis must be laid upon causality,
and the action - reaction of the human will.’
Francis Patterson, ‘Manual for Aspiring Screenwriters’, 1920
e.g. A storm isolates a group of characters;
‘In order that the motion picture may convey the illusion of reality that audiences demand, the scenario writer stresses motivation - that is, he makes clear a character’s reason for doing whatever he does that is important.’ Frances Marion, Scenario Writing, 1938
‘… LIFE WITH THE DULL BITS CUT OUT’
SiegmundKracauer finds an inverted relation between those images that further the story and those ‘retain a degree of independence of the intrigue and thus succeed in summoning physical reality.’
Roland Barthes characterizes literary reference to objects that have no discernible narrative function except to give a material, worldly weight to the description as ‘reality effect’.