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The Multi-Protagonist Film

María del Mar Azcona

ISBN: 978-1-444-33393-0 October 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 176 Pages


The Multi-Protagonist Film is an insightful and provocative introduction to this important new genre. 
  • Explores the origins and history of one of the most exciting new developments in contemporary film worldwide
  • Guides readers through the genre’s central characteristics and conventions, as well as it's evolution and cultural relevance
  • Provides a theoretical framework that is developed through the analysis several films, including Grand Hotel, Singles,  American Pie, Short Cuts, and Syriana. 
  • Reveals the duality of the genre's contemporary preoccupations:  the impact of globalization on human lives versus the current state of intimate affairs, the crisis of marriage, and the proliferation of sexual choices
List of Plates.



1 A Brief History of the Multi-Protagonist Film.

2 Theorizing the Multi-Protagonist Film.

3 An Early Experiment: Grand Hotel.

4 Short Cuts and the Consolidation of a Genre.

5 Adolescent Tapestries: American Pie.

6 Intimacy Multiplies: Singles.

7 Global Thrills: Syriana.




"Azcona (Univ. of Zaragoza, Spain) has written a lovely little study of films that depart from the typical focalization on a single protagonist and spread their interest over a multitude of characters. . .Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." (Choice, 1 October 2011)