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Author: Michael McWay

Plot, Storytelling, and the Well-Made Film

There is a long-held, rarely examined point of view in film culture that says that the goodness of a film is measured solely by the quality of its technique. A film that is “well made” in this way need not express anything truthful or show us anything new about life, our culture, or the world outside of us; the film simply needs to be entertaining, and competently constructed from a technical standpoint. Often, the well-made film contains a thin intellectual veneer, a layer of vague social or political significance, a quality that purportedly elevates the work. The well-made film...

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