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Folklore is Still Embedded in Today’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I was very pleased to be included in a new article about the way folklore continues to be at the heart of 21st century storytelling.

Folklore is the mother of all stories – “every story told since stories began has its roots in [folklore],” states Minow. “It was in folklore that the great themes of good and evil, fear and courage, ignorance and understanding, love and selfishness, heroes and villains, were first explored,” she explains.

The Brothers Grimm would recognize many of the themes in today’s movies about superheroes — and super-villains.

All in all, cinematographic portrayal of a folk tale is no boring history book – the audience loves a good story, even if retold for the umpteenth time. Just like tales don’t seem to bore little kids who ask to retell them every night, folk plots keep the audiences in cinema theatres engaged. Provided the screen is bursting with impressive graphics and charismatic actors, of course.

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