The Power of Film

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  • 2024
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (71)

Documentary series which Dives deep into the art of storytelling by examining the defining principles and inner workings of the greatest American classic films from the past century.

The Power of Film is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on January 4, 2024.

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Love and Meaning
6. Love and Meaning
February 8, 2024
Although it’s often said that in order to succeed, a Hollywood film has to have a happy ending, when you look at the most memorable love stories it’s astonishing how many of them end with the separation or death of one or both lovers. Often, the paradox underlying the film helps explain why they stick in our memories.
The Power of Paradox
5. The Power of Paradox
February 1, 2024
In almost every memorable film, things are not what they seem, and learning the truth about characters and situations creates much of the tension in the film. Often, the truth of the film is quite paradoxical, which is what makes us want to keep watching.
Heroes and Villains
4. Heroes and Villains
January 25, 2024
Memorable films tend to be a compensation for what we don’t see much of in the real world— justice, commitment, and altruism. Film drama frequently treats the central characters as if they were heroes or villains, but often the two are very much alike.
Character Relationships
3. Character Relationships
January 18, 2024
There’s no such thing as an interesting character; there are only interesting character relationships. But, as is true for religions, myths, and the longest-lasting dramas, the structure of most memorable dramatic plots centers on a single individual, around whom all the most important action and the other characters revolve.
2. Trapped
January 11, 2024
Nearly all memorable stories, whether told in movies or in real life, are about traps. The most memorable are generally about the loss, sacrifice, and ultimate triumph the central character must engage in to escape their trap.
Memorable and Popular
1. Memorable and Popular
January 4, 2024
A large proportion of the most commercially successful American films are quickly forgotten. A tiny fraction, however, are truly memorable, lasting from one generation to another. Using iconic scenes from many of these classic films, this series explores films that were both popular and memorable. In this episode, Howard Suber asks why this small minority continues to have such power.
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The Power of Film is available for streaming on the HBO Max website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Power of Film on demand at Max and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 4, 2024
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (71)