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Film Directing Fundamentals, 3rd Edition by Nicholas Proferes

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C H A P T E R 16

PETER WEIR’S THE TRUMAN SHOW

Overview of Style and Design

Objective Narrator

Weir’s objective narrator does not actively interpret for us as overtly as Hitchcock does in Notorious, yet the story and plot points in The Truman Show are more numerous and complicated. How, then, does Weir allow us to participate in all the twists and turns of the story at the same time he allows us full access to the psychological life of the characters, especially the protagonist? It is due partly to the construction of the screenplay, which juxtaposes actions in such a way that cause and effect are immediately available to us through the narrative device of parallel action. However, the screenplay does something else: as in Notorious, the objective ...

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