Post Modern Narrative Films Film Review by write123

Post Modern Narrative Films
Looks at the post modern narrative film using David Fincher's "Fight Club" (1999) Park Chan-wook "Oldboy" (2003) as examples.
# 105323 | 1,115 words | 0 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 04, 2008 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper explains that D. W. Griffith's techniques in "The Birth of a Nation", in which the narrative aspects are emphasized over the spectacle elements, are still evident in post modern films. The paper then looks at the movies "Fight Club" and "Oldboy" as examples if narrative films that employ a strong and interesting narrative in combination with a visual storyline and action, which supports the plot. The paper also relates that narrative over spectacle films are difficult to make because it is easier to lose the viewer to either the spectacle or narrative element. The author concludes that these two films are successful because they bring together the techniques of directorial skill, an interesting storyline, and fine acting ability.

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"The director cuts to inside the room where Dae-su is held prisoner, and the mise-en-scene is the hotel look, desk, bed, bath and toilet. This is where Dae-su's narrative picks up, as he is held captive for a total of 13 years. During this time, the scenes are limited to the room where Dae-su is held; his life revolves around the props in the room, and the food that is slid under the door.
"Television becomes the largest part of Dae-su's life, and on television he learns that his wife has been murdered and he is suspected as the murder".

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