Why do people tend to respond more readily to a movie's narrative than to any other element of its form, for example the film "ADAPTATION"?

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Beside “real” time in the theatre, two timelines occur when watching a film: the “narrative timeline” (how the story progresses from moment to moment) and the “recursive” timeline, by which is meant the audience’s absorption of motives, time-line manipulation, recursive understanding of previous scenes, etc.—the “work” that the audience does as it experiences the film.  Because watching a film takes place in “our own time” (that...

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