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Story Analyses

Illustrative analyses demonstrating the use of the principles contained in the book to stories of all genres, media, and types.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

A man in desperate economic circumstances attempts to gain riches at any cost by partnering with two other men to mine for gold. Medium: Film Writer(s): John Huston Director: John Huston Production Co.(s): Warner Bros. - First National Picture Adapted from: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Novel) by B. Traven (© 1927) The Story on the Screen...

The Man Who Was Magic (1966)

A mysterious young man who can perform genuine magic attempts to gain entry into a prestigious guild of illusionists whose abilities pale in comparison to his own. Medium: Novel Writer(s): Paul Gallico Production Co.(s): Doubleday & Company Inc., 1966 ISBN: 978-0-330-02194-4 The Story on the Page The Man Who Was Magic is set in the fictitious...

The Hunger Games (2012)

In a dystopian future, a resourceful young woman attempts to survive a national ritual that involves a fight to the death with 23 of her teenaged peers. Medium: Film Writer(s): Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray Director: Gary Ross Production Co.(s): Lionsgate; Color Force Adapted from: The Hunger Games (Novel) by Suzanne Collins (© 2008) The...

M (1931)

In 1920s Berlin, the police department and criminal underworld attempt to find, capture, and remove from society a serial killer of young girls. Medium: Film Writer(s): Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang Director: Fritz Lang Production Co.(s): Nero-Film AG Adapted from: (Newspaper article) by Egon Jacobson The Story on the Screen The film M presents a...

To Build a Fire (1908)

A man displays hubris regarding his ability to handle the forces of Nature as he attempts to reach a Yukon mining claim. Medium: Short Story (© 1908; Published first (an alternate version) in The Youth's Companion, v. 76, 1902) Writer(s): Jack London (1876–1916) The Story on the Page In To Build a Fire, the main character is an unnamed Yukon...

The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

A mutiny aboard a Russian battleship leads to events that stoke public anger and advance the likelihood of Communist revolution against the tsarist regime. Medium: Film Writer(s): Nina Agadzhanova Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein Production Co.(s): Goskino The Story on the Screen The Battleship Potemkin dramatizes a mutiny aboard the Russian...

Apollo 13 (1995)

With the help of ground-based mission engineers, an experienced astronaut leads the crew of an aborted moon mission as they attempt to return safely to Earth. Medium: Film Writer(s): William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert Director: Ron Howard Production Co.(s): Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment Adapted from: Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of...

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