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Keywords: Corpus Christi Jan Komasa hero conflict storytelling plot structure

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Systematics and functions of conflicts in the film “Corpus Christi” by Jan Komasa

Cite: , Systematyka i funkcje konfliktów w filmie „Boże Ciało” Jana Komasy, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2020( 43) nr 4, s. 50-64.

DOI: 10.21697/kmt.43.3

One of the key issues in psychology is conflict. There are no areas of human activity where various conflicts (conflict of conscience, collective conflict) would not exist. Various conflicts are distinguished in feature films, especially in constructions based on the protagonist’s pursuit of a goal. The conflict appears in commercial, genre and artistic cinema. Screenwriters and film theorists distinguish between external and internal conflict. The detailed theories mention the existence of situational, environmental and interpersonal conflicts in film narratives. The article will discuss the differences between the definition of the term “conflict” as understood by social sciences and its counterpart in film theories. The main part of the article will present the results of the analysis of the film „Corpus Christi” (2019, directed by Jan Komasa). The problem of internal conflict within the local community will be discussed. So are the internal contradictions in the character of the hero. The methods used by the filmmakers of presenting conflicts in filmmaking will be discussed.

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Artur Borowiecki

ORCID: 0000-0003-2170-5600

PhD student and lecturer at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Lodz (Institute of Contemporary Culture). A graduate of the Film and Television Directing Department (specialization: screenwriter) of the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theater L. Schiller in Łódź. Finalist of the Scriptfiesta 2017 competition (script "Granica"). He focuses his research interests on such issues as: narrative complexity in contemporary series, dramatic structure and character analysis. Author of many articles published in scientific journals, also online, including: Rozwój złożonej narracyjności w amerykańskich serialach (The development of complex narratives in American series, 2018); Neoserial, serial premium czy post soap opera? W poszukiwaniu wyznaczników dla seriali nowej generacji (Neoserial, premium series or post soap opera? In search of determinants for new generation series, 2019).

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