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Am B plot

  1. 4. Telling the story: Plot and Narrative structure in American Beauty What makes it successful?
  2. 6. “ In a way, I am dead already” I feel like I’ve been in a coma…And I’m just now waking up. PLOT A
  3. 7. PLOT B “ You need structure…and discipline.” “ There’s so much beauty in the world.”
  4. 8. Plot C “ Don’t you feel naked?” -”I am naked.” “ He seems so confident.” “ I think you’re interesting…I’m not obsessing. I’m just curious.”
  5. 9. “ In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.” Plot D
  6. 10. Look closer…
  7. 11. Step- ladder structure ? And then.. Once upon a time
  8. 12. What brings the 4 plotlines together? Motifs and Symbols -Repetition in cinematography -Limited Colour Palette Echoes and parallels in characters and actions
  9. 13. Motifs and Symbols <ul><li>American Beauty Rose </li></ul><ul><li>Rose petals </li></ul><ul><li>Bars (cages) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Beauty’ </li></ul><ul><li>Guns </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections, Mirrors </li></ul><ul><li>Nudity etc, etc… </li></ul>
  10. 14. Cinematography and Colours <ul><li>RED! </li></ul><ul><li>White walls. </li></ul><ul><li>Red, white and blue ( American dream?) </li></ul><ul><li>Two-shots, over the shoulder, symmetrical </li></ul><ul><li>Compositions, empty rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Painting-like’ shots </li></ul><ul><li>Back lighting </li></ul>
  11. 15. Echoes and Parallels in characters and actions <ul><li>Lester strips to inspect his naked body, Carolyn strips to clean the house, Jane strips for Ricky… </li></ul><ul><li>Lester at the beginning (“dead already”) and Barbara Fitts. </li></ul><ul><li>Lester to Colonel: “Just tell me what you need”. And to Angela: “…are you going to tell me? What you want?” </li></ul>
  12. 16. The End!

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