Institutional Mode of Representation

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In film theory, the Institutional Mode of Representation is the stylistic structure of narrative film construction that was developed during the classic Hollywood period. It included some basic premises:

  • Characters were displayed realistically and with a progressive character arc.
  • The story was told linearly with clear dramatic arc.
  • Every effort was made to preserve a sense of spatial and temporal continuity.

The Institutional Mode of Representation is often abandoned or challenged by avant-garde filmmakers, who tend to consider it conducive to complacency.