Taxonomy of the 37 basic silent-film plots

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It’s really interesting to compare this to Propp’s “Morphology of the Folktale”, even though they talk about different grains of narrative perspective. Also the scanned pages on the article look similar to Propp’s book.

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It’s a shame that neither headline writer realized “a dramatic situation” is not the same as “a plot”.

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Much of it can be traced back to the characters and plotlines of Commedia Dell’Arte. The Tramp by Chaplin is basically a harlequin character.


So it’s almost as comprehensive as TVTropes, without all the thousands of extraneous pages?

Taxonomy is always controversial.

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the extraneous pages are the best part.


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