Empatia dello spettatore e arco di trasformazione del personaggio in due film pro-life - Spectator empathy and character “arc of transformation” in two pro-life films
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The essay reflects on the effectiveness of film narration in convincing to share attitudes and values of characters portrayed. The analysis deals with two pro-life films, one of limited release (Bella, 2007) and the other which has been a big international success (Juno, 2007). We ask the reasons of such a different cultural impact and narrative effectiveness. In both cases, the protagonist has an unexpected pregnancy and moves from a decision to abort the baby to that of giving the baby in adoption. The crucial difference is seen in the different clarity of the characterization of the protagonist and in the creation of an “arc of transformation” that can be understood and shared by the viewer. This double analysis is preceded by some reflections on Schindler’s List, that has been acknowledged as a film which has an exceptionally well developed character, with an arc of transformation that is clear and moving for viewers that could have been also very far, at the beginning, from the themes of the film.
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