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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.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

An idealistic young man who is installed temporarily in the seat of a recently deceased U.S. senator attempts to defend his patriotic ideals against the attacks of a powerful political machine. Medium: Film Writer(s): Sidney Buchman Director: Frank Capra Production Co.(s): Columbia Pictures Corporation Story by: Lewis R. Foster The Story on the...

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

In the aftermath of World War II, a young Italian family man attempts to recover a stolen bicycle that represents his only hope to escape from long-term unemployment. Medium: Film Writer(s): Cesare Zavattini, Suso D'Amico, Vittorio De Sica, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci, Gerardo Guerrieri Director: Vittorio De Sica Production Co.(s): Produzioni...

Gravity (2013)

A medical engineer on her first space mission attempts to survive in the wake of a series of catastrophic events that threaten her life. Medium: Film Writer(s): Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón Director: Alfonso Cuarón Production Co.(s): Warner Bros. , Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films The Story on the Screen When we first meet Dr. Ryan Stone, the main...

The King’s Speech (2010)

An heir to the British throne attempts to overcome a lifelong speech impediment so that he can perform his royal duties as leader of his people. Medium: Film Writer(s): David Seidler Director: Tom Hooper Production Co.(s): The Weinstein Company, UK Film Council, More... The Story on the Screen In The King's Speech, the main character, Albert...

Variety Lights (1950)

An actor in a small-time variety troupe attempts to gain the success that he has long envisioned as his due—on the stage and in his love life. Medium: Film Writer(s): Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano Director: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada Production Co.(s): Capitolium Story by: Federico Fellini The Story on...

Black Book (2006)

As World War II nears its end, a young Dutch Jewess attempts to survive amidst the cruelty of the Nazi occupation in its waning months. Medium: Film Writer(s): Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven Director: Paul Verhoeven Production Co.(s): Fu Works, Egoli Tossell Film, Clockwork Pictures, More... The Story on the Screen Black Book (Dutch title:...

Ordinary People (1980)

A teenage boy attempts to find internal peace and resolution after a suicide attempt brought on, in part, by the guilt of surviving a boating accident that took the life of his brother. Medium: Film Writer(s): Alvin Sargent, Judith Guest Director: Robert Redford Production Co.(s): Paramount Pictures; Wildwood Enterprises Adapted from: Ordinary...

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