A Mini Structure Within the Larger Structure

by Jennine Lanouette

In this video essay, Jennine Lanouette breaks down the third act of The African Queen, examining how this sequence contains its own three-act structure or story-within-a-story. In doing so, Lanouette illustrates how the film’s highly developed third act is grounded in human drama, unlike so many of the empty chases, shoot-outs, and explosions we see in third acts today.



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