contents of a film can be defined by using a so-called main
clause or premise. The crucial contents
of the film are squeezed into one statement or sentence. Synonyms
for premise include main clause, leading idea, main idea and
a premise comes from the theater. The main clause is defined
as the makers' opinion on the
basic conflict. It is the statement that the film attempts
to claim. The best premise is simple and clear, and it provokes
expressions of opinions.
examples of premises in plays:
Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Blind ambition leads to destruction".
Shakespeare's Othello: "Jealousy kills love."
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House: "Woman's inequality
in marriage leads into woman's liberation"
Molière's Tartuffe: "What goes around comes
examples of premises in films:
splendor and power do not bring inner happiness." (Orson
Welles: "Citizen Kane")
destroys a girl, if she is ignorant." (Claude Goretta:
people leads to rebellion." (Gillo Pontecorvo: "The
Battle of Algiers")
battle against oppression leads to victory." (Akira
Kurosawa: "The Seven Samurai")
a woman leaves a man, he must start thinking and developing."
(Robert Redford: "Kramer vs. Kramer")
Pontecorvo: La Battaglia di Algeri.
William Shakespeare and the Internet. [daphne.palomar.edu/shakespeare/]
plays online. [users.visi.net/~jhlind/playsonline.html]