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How important is the narrative structure of a film and its success with an audience, refer to two films you have studied. December 2007 Whilst all films must clearly have some sort of structure, I am going to discuss that the use of a linear and non linear narrative structure has an effect on the film's success. Narrative structure practitioners Propp, Levi-Strauss and Todorov could have supported the formulae for these 2 movie successes witch I am about to describe, within this essay I will examine and explain how "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir dogs" how and why they connect with their target audiences. Reservoir dogs is a film also directed by Quentin Tarantino in 1992, this is a movie about crime violence, popular culture, and a few memorable scenes actions. Witch he acts within his own movie but only has a small roll it stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and Lawrence Tierney. Both of these films are produced by Mirmax Films with is a multinational company grossing millions of dollars Pulp fiction was a film directed by Quentin Tarantino in 1994, it was a crime drama film, it makes uses of irony between humor and violence, and also includes popular American culture references within the storyline. ...read more.


cutting scene" you cant actually see this happening, but you know it is, also on 'Pulp Fiction' you can see where Samuel L Jackson got shot at within the room where there is a man within the toilet, the camera angle is set up so you can see the shots within the background wall before any shooting has commenced. * The use of editing to link characters/ plotlines together - the uses of editing to link plotlines together is very clever because this also links in to the narrative structure, if the narrative structure was linear I would think this would be clearer then within the original directors cut, thus the audience having to sit their and not think for themselves, editing can easily make it easy to familiarize with characters from different point of views, lack of edit points and scene changes can make it a lot easier than having to think about plot and sub plot within this. It makes you see other characters sides that you wouldn't normaly know for example within 'Reservoir Dogs' it edits points to a previous point in time, where they are being interviewed for the heist and the 'Mob Boss' is trying to get to know them better, and also within pulp fiction if it were in chronological order without any edit points it would make the characters reasoning/mannerisms flow easier. ...read more.


Playing in the background, and also within 'Pulp Fiction' when Vincent shoots accidently shoots the Black Male within the back of the car, he turns around with a quite mesterious face on, much like the devil, I knew instantly there was something comical was going to happen, because Vincent doesnt otherwise speak up within the movie, and I as the viewer just got that feeling, its just not his style more like an understudy of Jules, comical part of it was the blood splattering on everything, and also Jules' tone of voice as if to say "what the hell did you do that for, mother-f***er, why did you shoot that 'nigger' in MY car, god Vincent you really are f***ing stupid at times." * Music and sound effects, tarrantino uses old music to try and revitalize songs that may have been forgotten as a homage to them and he feels like he should homage a lot of films he uses "Stuck in the middle of you" for dramatic irony he uses the emphasis of diagetic music within 'Pulp Fiction' for example right at the start of the movie it sounds like there is the music coming from an old radio, when they change channel you can also hear them sounds, the representation to the audience is that the music amplifies Martin Clark, 12C Narrative Structures Media Essay Martin Clark ...read more.

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