Dramatic Construction

As was mentioned, there is both an external and an internal conflict that besets the main character of this film. In the first — will Guido make his film? — the tensions between the protagonist and the antagonist(s) (producer, screenwriter, crew, actors, wife, mistress) are dramaturgically similar to those in Notorious and The Truman Show, in that they are external. But in the internal conflict there is a vast difference, because the protagonist and antagonist of this conflict are contained in the same character. This internal conflict is the main conflict of the film; it is where the most important action of the film takes place. And because it is internal, the most important action of this film takes place inside the hero's head; it is generated by his psyche.

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