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Hollywood AestheticPleasure in American Cinema$
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Todd Berliner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.001.0001

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Finding the Fit

Finding the Fit

Shifting Story Logic in Red River

(p.73) Four Finding the Fit
Hollywood Aesthetic

Todd Berliner

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 illustrates the theory of narration presented in the previous chapter, offering an extended analysis of an unusual narrative pattern in Red River, which violates Hollywood’s cardinal rules regarding narrative unity, probability, causality, and story logic. Disunity in this classical Hollywood narrative adds variety to our filmgoing experience; stimulates our imagination, curiosity, and creative problem-solving processes; and liberates our thinking from the burdens and limitations of good sense.

Keywords:   Red River, Causality, Narrative disunity, Planting and payoff, Story logic, Imagination, Problem solving, Incongruity-resolution, Howard Hawks, Free association

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