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NARRATIVE STRUCTURE OF RESERVOIR DOGS Analyse the narrative structure of one film text giving particular attention to suspense and resolution Narrative is the device by which a story is told Although there are many possible narrative forms the majority of media texts we view rely on what is known as the classical Hollywood narrative That is they attempt to tell a story that the audience expects to make sense of like a book as if reading the text as events unfold usually in chronological order For this essay I have chosen to analyse the narrative structure of Tarrentinos controversial 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs I will be contrasting the classical narrative structure with Reservoir Dogs and examining how Tarrentinos use of structure is an essential part of the effectiveness of the movie Reservoir Dogs is the story of a group of seasoned criminals assembled by a mastermind to raid a jewellery store During the heist things go wrong and when the characters slowly arrive back at the rendezvous they suspect that one of the group has tipped off the police The main part of the movie is set at the rendezvous point where the characters try to discover who the rat actually is The theme of Reservoir Dogs is not the celebration of violence that many critics have claimed but an exploration of honour among thieves Focusing on the characters the criminals rather than the crime Tarrentino destroys this bogus premise and seeks to de-romanticise the myth of the gangster world The structure is therefore consistent with his aims For Reservoir Dogs RD Tarrentino has taken and adapted the structure and mechanisms of a traditional crime story and applied it slightly differently to fit the theme of his brand of crime movie In the documentary The Making Of Reservoir Dogs 1997 the author and screen writing tutor Robert McKee tells us that Tarrentino has intelligently
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