GEK1049: Tutorial 9, Cinematic Narratives

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Main reading:
, Chapter 11: Cinematic Narratives (sections 1-5, 12-32 only).
You may also be interested in the following readings:
Defining Film Narrative (from Film Reference)
Film Narrative (adapted from Steve Baker "Film & Narrative")
Cinema Narrative by Tony McKibbin
Film Narrative by Monty Risenhoover
Film Narrative by James Mooney Filmosophy (11 February 2015)
More advanced:
Narration in Film by Johann N. Schmidt Living Handbook of Narratology (22 January 2013)
Three Dimensions of Film Narrative by David Bordwell Poetics of Cinema (2007)


  1. Mention a film you have seen recently and how your knowledge of narrative has helped you to understand or describe it better.
  2. How can a narrative be conveyed visually? Is cinematic narrative easier to analyse than single-frame paintings that are described as 'narrative'?
  3. How is cinematic narrative different from written narratives that are not performed or filmed?
  4. Is the idea of telling, using language, a problem with cinematic narratives?
  5. What are the various ways by which cinematic narratives depend on the camera (you can mention one or two ways, and how you feel they are important to the narrative).
  6. Mention any noteworthy use of flashbacks in any films you have seen.

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