Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Interpretations of Story

A story can be many things.

To a producer
        it's a property that has box-office value.
To a writer
        it's a screenplay.
To a film star
        it's a vehicle.
To a director
        it's an artistic medium.
To a genre critic
        it's a classifiable narrative form.
To a socialogist
        it's an index of public sentiment.
To a psychiatrist
        it's an instinctive exploration of hidden fears or communal ideals.

To a moviegoer
        it can be all of these and more.

~ from Louis Grannatti's "Understanding Movies" text (pp. 372; my line breaks and bold marks)

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