The Manchurian Candidate

Storyform for the 1962 Version

SYNOPSIS: "A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Bennett Marco maintains his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Bennett Marco, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Bennett Marco prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Bennett Marco uses holistic problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Bad
Bennett Marco ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Political Machinations

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Issue: Situation vs. Circumstances
Overall Story Problem: Perception
Overall Story Solution: Actuality
Overall Story Symptom: Order
Overall Story Response: Chaos
Overall Story Catalyst: Circumstances
Overall Story Inhibitor: Falsehood
Overall Story Benchmark: Being
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Bennett Marco

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Past
Main Character Issue: Fate vs. Destiny
Main Character Problem: Thought
Main Character Solution: Knowledge
Main Character Symptom: Order
Main Character Response: Chaos
Main Character Unique Ability: Interdiction
Main Character Critical Flaw: Conditioning
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Past
Main Character Signpost 2: Present
Main Character Signpost 3: Progress
Main Character Signpost 4: Future

Influence Character Throughline

Raymond Shaw

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Memory
Influence Character Issue: Truth vs. Falsehood
Influence Character Problem: Perception
Influence Character Solution: Actuality
Influence Character Symptom: Knowledge
Influence Character Response: Thought
Influence Character Unique Ability: Suspicion
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Sense of Self
Influence Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Stick to the "Program"

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Understanding
Relationship Story Issue: Senses vs. Interpretation
Relationship Story Problem: Perception
Relationship Story Solution: Actuality
Relationship Story Symptom: Aware
Relationship Story Response: Ability
Relationship Story Catalyst: Interpretation
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Destiny
Relationship Story Benchmark: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Learning

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Consequence: Understanding
Overall Story Cost: Memory
Overall Story Dividend: Past
Overall Story Requirements: Being
Overall Story Prerequisites: Doing
Overall Story Preconditions: Preconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Progress

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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