With this collection of essays exploring the mythic structure of 50 well-loved U.S. and foreign films, Stuart Voytilla has created a fun and fascinating book for film fans, screenwriters and anyone with a love of storytelling and pop culture.
An informal companion piece to the best-selling The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, Myth And The Movies applies the mythic structure Vogler developed to films as diverse as Die Hard, Singin’ in the Rain and Boyz N the Hood.
This comprehensive book offers a greater understanding of why some films continue to touch and connect with audiences generation after generation.
Movies discussed include Annie Hall, Beauty and the Beast, Chinatown, Citizen Kane, E.T., The Fugitive, The Godfather, The Graduate, La Strada, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Notorious, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Searchers, The Silence of the Lambs, T2- Judgment Day, Sleepless in Seattle, Star Wars, Unforgiven, and many more.
Includes a foreword by Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey.
What people say
“Myth and the Movies is strongly recommended reading for students of the cinema and is a fascinating work for non-specialist readers with an interest in filmmaking and storytelling in general.”
The Midwest Book Review
“This book is a potential bible to writer’s dealing with the dreaded ‘block’, offering numerous variations on successful narrative devices, and attesting itself to be a ‘macguffin’ of vital importance. Myth and the Movies is a highly recommended text for film students and aspiring screenwriters and storytellers alike.”
London Script Consultancy