Narrative in Comedy films
Two Key Approaches
• The Narrative/Situation Led Structure
– Order – chaos – order restored
– Equilibrium – disequilibrium...
What is the narrative of Love Actually
• The film begins with a voiceover from David
(Hugh Grant) commenting that whenever...
Love Actually and the Three Act
Structure.
• Choose at least two ‘love stories within the
film and plot out how the Three ...
In pairs
• Do a brainstorm of all the subplots of Love
Actually… Make sure to detail the issue and
how it is resolved.
• F...
Conflict in Love Actually
• List on the left side of the page describing
words for the types of conflict we see in this
fi...
Question
• What is predictable about this text?
• Positives
• Negatives
Narrative Summary of Four Lions
• On the sheets provided list as many
events/scene that you can remember from
the film. Wr...
Four Lions and the Three Act
Structure.
• Mark out where the different elements of the
Three Act Structure happen – you mu...
Conflict in Four Lions
• Find the Four Lions conflict moments from
your pieces of paper and group them together
• Group th...
RESOLVED
• What strategies are used by the director to
resolve the conflict?
• How does resolving these conflicts make the...
UNRESOLVED
• How come the unresolved conflict is left
open?
• Why do you think the director chose to leave
some conflict r...
Question
• What is predictable about this text?
• Positives
• Negatives
Four Lions and Love Actually
• Are mostly the classic Hollywood style but
they both do include element of gags and
they do...
Four Lions and Love Actually
• Cause and Effect
• Use of subplots
• The Happy Ending
Essay Question
• How far are the narratives of the two genre
films you have studied for this topic
predictable?
• Spend fi...
Constructing an Argument
• First of all you need to…
…decide on your point of view!
On the sheet provided write three
diff...
Ongoing Argument
• At GCSE, simply writing separate paragraphs about
different narrative ideas with general analysis and
e...
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Narrative and Conflict in Four Lions and Love Actually

Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. Narrative in Comedy films
  • 2. Two Key Approaches • The Narrative/Situation Led Structure – Order – chaos – order restored – Equilibrium – disequilibrium – new equilibrium – The Three Act Structure • Comedian led Structure - Showcase of individual gags, personal quirks and set pieces loose held together by a ‘plot’ – The Three Stooges – Charlie Chaplin – Monty Python
  • 3. What is the narrative of Love Actually • The film begins with a voiceover from David (Hugh Grant) commenting that whenever he gets gloomy with the state of the world he thinks about the arrivals terminal at Heathrow Airport, and the pure uncomplicated love felt as friends and families welcome their arriving loved ones. David's voiceover also relates that all the messages left by the people who died on the 9/11 planes were messages of love and not hate. The film then tells the 'love stories' of many people…
  • 4. Love Actually and the Three Act Structure. • Choose at least two ‘love stories within the film and plot out how the Three Act Structure works in each
  • 5. In pairs • Do a brainstorm of all the subplots of Love Actually… Make sure to detail the issue and how it is resolved. • First one as an example … The Prime Minister falls in love with his simple secretary, the POTUS hits on her, the PM then forcing her to leave. The PM realises it was the POTUS’ fault, goes to her family home and wins her love.
  • 6. Conflict in Love Actually • List on the left side of the page describing words for the types of conflict we see in this film… • Draw an arrow to the subplots in your brainstorm that are evidence of this type of conflict • Why do you think this film offers and deals with conflict in these ways? • Is there one conflict moment that is unlike the rest in the film? • Why?
  • 7. Question • What is predictable about this text? • Positives • Negatives
  • 8. Narrative Summary of Four Lions • On the sheets provided list as many events/scene that you can remember from the film. Write only one event/scene per sheet of paper • As a class order the events/scene according to how we saw them in the film.
  • 9. Four Lions and the Three Act Structure. • Mark out where the different elements of the Three Act Structure happen – you must reach a consensus.
  • 10. Conflict in Four Lions • Find the Four Lions conflict moments from your pieces of paper and group them together • Group the papers in two groups – RESOLVED or UNRESOLVED Discuss what sorts of conflict this film has.
  • 11. RESOLVED • What strategies are used by the director to resolve the conflict? • How does resolving these conflicts make the audience feel? (Use an example to support your reasoning) • How does this link to the expectations we have of this genre?
  • 12. UNRESOLVED • How come the unresolved conflict is left open? • Why do you think the director chose to leave some conflict resolved and some unresolved? • How would this film be different if all conflict was resolved? Would it be more successful?
  • 13. Question • What is predictable about this text? • Positives • Negatives
  • 14. Four Lions and Love Actually • Are mostly the classic Hollywood style but they both do include element of gags and they do play with conventions • Single goal oriented protagonist • Narrative is driven by character traits
  • 15. Four Lions and Love Actually • Cause and Effect • Use of subplots • The Happy Ending
  • 16. Essay Question • How far are the narratives of the two genre films you have studied for this topic predictable? • Spend five mins brainstorming all the things you could possible talk about for this question
  • 17. Constructing an Argument • First of all you need to… …decide on your point of view! On the sheet provided write three different points of view you could have about the question – No sharing ideas!!!!
  • 18. Ongoing Argument • At GCSE, simply writing separate paragraphs about different narrative ideas with general analysis and examples from the film is enough. • The difference between GCSE and A Level essays; the examiner will now expect your essay to have a central, ongoing thesis (argument) which runs throughout your essay (ie you refer to it often and use select evidence to back up your view point) and which you conclusively prove using detailed analysis. • Including a counter argument (or acknowledging other possible view point) can also greatly increase your marks.