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A very concrete, close to bare-bones plot summary. Think IMDB.
(Book definition: Allusion to particular items of knowledge outside the film that the viewer is expected to recognize)
Close to the point of the film, with an openly asserted meaning when describing a film's meaning.
(Book Definition: Significance presented overtly, usually in language and often near the film's beginning and end.)
An abstract meaning that goes beyond what is explicitly stated in the film. Think interpretive meaning.
(Book Definition: Significance left tacit, for the viewer to discover on analysis or reflection)
Describing a film's meaning by explaining a particular set of social values that make up the point of the film.
(Book Definition: Significance that the film divulges, often against will its will, by virtue of its historical or social context.)
Five Principles of Form
Similarity and repetition
Difference and variation
Unity and disunity.
Unity and Disunity
How relationships in a film are interwoven and how communicative and cohesive it is.
Depth of Narration
How much the spectator learns about the characters' psychological states in a film.
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