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Global Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger

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THE NATIONAL MODEL

 

The most obvious statement I can begin this chapter with is that foreign films, whether they originate in Europe, Asia, Latin America, or Africa have both similarities and differences in comparison to the Hollywood film.1 Every national cinema exhibits the impulse to appeal to the mainstream (the goal of entertainment), as well as a set of artistic goals (parallel to those of the independent film), all in the context of the particulars of the culture in which the films are made. But this is only a starting point to begin to understand why and how the national models addressed in this chapter differ from the Hollywood film. First, the why of it.

In examining the history of film narrative, one is struck by how ...

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