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Film always happens in the present, the story is told in the present tense.

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Film always happens in the present, the story is told in the present tense. The film is a success, when the viewer is carried away by the first weeks of the Continuation War as in "Ambush" ("Rukajärven tie") or puts his or her soul into the love's grief of the 1800's as in the film "Sense and Sensibility".

Real time means the running time of the film. Dramatic time means the duration of the period depicted in the film. Film time is flexible, since dramatic time can be shorter, longer or equal to real time.

A film lasting two hours in real time can depict a rather accurate two hour event in dramatic time, as in Hitchcock's film 'Rope': real time and dramatic time are of approximately same duration. On the other hand, a film can portray a dramatic period of several decades, as in Welles' "Citizen Kane". A film can also stretch the real time, as in the staircase scene of Eisenstein's 'Battleship Potemkin'. Then the real time is shorter than the dramatic time.

 

Sergei Eisenstein: Battleship Potemkin (1925)
[http://us.imdb.com/Title?0015648]

Alfred Hitchcock: Rope (1948)
[http://us.imdb.com/Title?0040746]

Orson Welles: Citizen Kane (1941).
[http://us.imdb.com/Title?0033467]

 

 
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