Connecting narratology to a major motion film
June 24, 2011, 11:32 pm
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In the beginning of the course, the professor mentioned a few times… “in movies, in films”… i thought, oh cool, we’ll be able to make a connection at some point between the books were reading and films…. And then i lost some faith as i figured by films he meant 1920s silent films- things i would never be able to find on my own. Thats why i lost some faith- not because it wasnt interesting how Professor Alvarez made the class see that the visual tools a film maker uses can be connect to narratology…it was and it makes sense- but, as i said…i dont think i could have ever thought to find a silent film and say “Yes! This makes perfect sense!”. Come to think of it….that is way more brilliant than the connection I stumbled upon last night while skimming through my Netflix library (which may i add is quite deceiving- the film posters for each movie, i thought was a great catch…it made me turn on Scream 2…I love the Scream poster! 5 stars to that while the movie gets a 3…and I’m being nice, only because its a cult classic for my generation) Back on topic. I discovered that Scream 2 starts off VERY similarly as Samperio’s “She Lived in a Story” … It opens with a theater playing a movie based on the “true” events of Scream 1 (a mass murderer who has been targeting the civilians in a town since his first victim, the main character, Cidney Prescotts’ mother) Scream 1 is being recreated by the director of the movie playing WITHIN the actual movie i sat down to watch. These are the narrative levels in which Jahn breaks down in his narrative theory.

Scream 2 would be a first degree narrative. Although it is connected to its predecessor because it is its own story, a new chapter for the towns people and a new killer, it is the matrix narrative. A matrix narrative has stories embedded in itself, such as the opening scene where an audience was watching a movie based on true events. The movie within the first scene of Scream 2 would be considered the second degree narrative and also a distraction. The film focuses on a couple in the theater. A young couple; the main targets of the killer, and the female is very critical of what she is watching; the whole time saying out loud what the character should do and how she is “so dumb”. The brutal death scene is approaching and she hovers over her boyfriend’s lap to hide from the gruesomeness when all of a sudden she is sitting in a pool of her own blood. She is stabbed just after the woman on the screen is stabbed and as the crowd is going wild for they were all waiting anxiously which ghost masks; a signature of the movie, for the first killing in the movie.  It was a story embedded into the plot. When this scene finishes the story resumes and there are really no more hypo-narratives or references to that scene again.


I just thought it was kind of cool 🙂

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