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A Broadway musical is like porn flick... 
16th-Aug-2005 08:09 pm
Structurally, at least. :P

Long sections of song/sex interspersed with short snippets of plot. Naturally, the plot only exists insofar as it moves us from one song/sex scene to the next song/sex scene.

Err...this isn't my original idea. I heard it while I was in college, but I don't remember whose theory it was! I've been poking around a bit and can't find anything. Does anyone know the theorist or author in question?
17th-Aug-2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Not to mention that the song/sex scene frequently has virtually nothing to do with the plot! ^_^

But no, don't know...
17th-Aug-2005 02:37 am (UTC)
*laughs* No kidding!

"The mailman is here; let's have sex!"

"The mailman is here; let's sing a song!"

*laughs some more*
17th-Aug-2005 04:02 am (UTC)
A Bollywood movie is like a porn flick.

As we move in between impossible fight scenes with impossible sound effects, *rattle* *wham* *bam* *fup*
Whenever the hero and heroine meet/talk/have sex they insert sections of songs singing and dancing and chase each other around the banana tree. And the plot only exists as the faint thread that connects one fight scene to a dance scene and to another fight scene.

*nods sagely and dodges bananas*
and aside from that, I don't know anything ^^;
17th-Aug-2005 11:30 am (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, action movies are the same way. Long fight scenes connected by weak snippets of plot.

Actually, quite a few genres work in the same way. I've also heard horror films likened to porn, in that both are created to elicit a physical reaction (fear/pleasure) and the accompanying bodily fluids (cold sweat/semen). >_< So you have a similar structure.
17th-Aug-2005 11:54 am (UTC)
I think maybe the classic stuff that aren't very good are like that too. Like action movies that focus only on action, scary movies that focus only on ghostly effects, weird movies that focus only on weirdness and leaving the audience going huh? ...and so on. :o

maybe it takes time for a genre to mature and the really good stuff to come out.

but then if porn has a really good plot, it wouldn't be porn now would it? ^^;;;
17th-Aug-2005 11:59 am (UTC)
but then if porn has a really good plot, it wouldn't be porn now would it? ^^;;;

*laughs* You could argue the same for the action and horror films and musicals! That if they had really good plots, then they wouldn't be the same anymore, that this structure is integral to the genre in question. *laughs again* I'm not sure about that, but it might be possible...
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