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Within the Nineteen Seventies, Hollywood skilled an inventive surge, starting a brand new period in American cinema with motion pictures that challenged conventional modes of storytelling. encouraged by means of eu and Asian paintings cinema in addition to Hollywood's personal background of narrative ingenuity, administrators equivalent to Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, William Friedkin, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, and Francis Ford Coppola undermined the concord of conventional Hollywood cinema and created the very best videos ever to come back out of the yankee movie undefined. Critics have formerly considered those motion pictures as a reaction to the cultural and political upheavals of the Seventies, yet before not anyone has explored how the period's creative narrative layout represents one of many nice creative accomplishments of yankee cinema.In Hollywood Incoherent, Todd Berliner deals the 1st thorough research of the narrative and stylistic options of seventies cinema and its impact on modern American filmmaking. He examines not only officially eccentric films--Nashville; Taxi driving force; A Clockwork Orange; The Godfather, half II; and the movies of John Cassavetes--but additionally mainstream advertisement movies, together with The Exorcist, The Godfather, The French Connection, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate manufacturing facility, puppy Day Afternoon, Chinatown, The undesirable information Bears, Patton, the entire President's males, Annie corridor, and so on. With persuasive revisionist analyses, Berliner demonstrates the centrality of this era to the historical past of Hollywood's formal improvement, displaying how seventies movies characterize the most important turning aspect among the storytelling modes of the studio period and people of recent American cinema.

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We can see in studio-era films antecedents of the inconsistent characters found in so much seventies cinema. Although studio-era screenwriting manuals admonished writers to maintain character consistency (see, for example, Vale, 102–105), many studio-era films, such as Citizen Kane (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and On the Waterfront (1954), created ambiguity by inserting prominent incongruities into a protagonist’s characterization. Charles Foster Kane, for instance, is the prototypical ambiguous protagonist, coming across sometimes as noble and likable and at other times as vain, petty, and narcissistic.

Listeners resolve the incongruous punch line about prisoners posing as a charm bracelet because, as Suls says, prisoners on a chain gang “do in an odd way resemble a charm bracelet” (42). , prisoners and charm bracelets). “Whereas nonsense can be characterized as pure or unresolvable incongruity,” Shultz says, “humour can be characterized as resolvable or meaningful incongruity” (“Cognitive-Developmental,” 13). indd 29 7/16/10 11:37:48 AM 30 | An Introduction to Narrative Incongruity I introduce Incongruity-Resolution Theory here not to advocate for it.

To see, in a vivid and detailed way, how each mode operates, each chapter examines a key case study that illustrates the narrative mode in an exemplary way. Rather than systematically analyze a random sampling of films, it seems to me most useful for understanding narration of this period to engage in close, illustrative, revisionist analyses of films that readers likely know, that film fans have demonstrable affection for, and that film scholars have already shown interest in. The three films under primary consideration in Part II of the book—The Godfather, Part II, The French Connection, and The Exorcist, each a model of seventies narrative design—achieved popular success and also received a great deal of critical attention at the time of their release and in subsequent years.

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