36 Films: The Truman Show

Go to Film School Rejects for some interesting reading about The Truman Show.

For 36 days straight, they explored the famous 36 Dramatic Situations by presenting a film that exemplifies each one. From family killing family to prisoners in need of asylum, they brushed off the 19th century list in order to remember that it’s still incredibly relevant today.

Part 18 of the 36-part series takes a look at “Conflict With a God” with The Truman Show. Here’s an extract:

The Situation

“Conflict With a God” – This scenario contains two parts, the immortal and the mortal. Basically, the mortal challenges, offends, or stands up to the the god, and is punished for his/her actions with dire consequences.

The selection of The Truman Show may seem like a cheat for this situation, but I’d argue (obviously) that it’s in fact the perfect fit for the scenario. Truman is clearly the mortal here living a life completely at the whim of Christof. The TV show’s director and creator is intentionally placed in a control room in the sky because for all intents and purposes he is God. He controls the weather, the lighting, events both big and small… he is the only deity that matters in Truman’s world. When Truman starts questioning not only his own existence but that of the world around him this god, Christof, punishes him with calamity, drama, and conflict.

Read the rest here.

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