McKee teaches that spectacle isn’t meaning, but in an action movie isn’t spectacle itself the meaning? It seems like the whole point of an action movie is the spectacle, after all. Here, Robert McKee explains how spectacle is a form of expression while answering this early question from Bass Wakil.


Quotes of the Week

“Which do we read in a newspaper with greater absorption and involvement, the story of a flood taking thousands of lives in the interior of China or the story of a single miner trapped in a cave-in, an individual man whose name we know and whose family we can visualize and suffer with. To us reading about it; the flood in China is spectacle; the single miner’s fate, enlisting our own hopes and fears, is story.”

– Cecil B. De Mille


“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

– J. K. Rowling