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What do “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane, the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Maltese Falcon in  e Maltese Falcon, and
Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan have in common?  ey’re all essential plot points that drive their respective movies, and the characters in the movies are motivated to  nd them. But
while the characters care deeply about these plot devices, the audience doesn’t. Each of these is an example of a MacGu n.
Alfred Hitchcock popularized the MacGu n and made excellent use of them. It’s helpful to have something to occupy the characters so you can get on with whatever the movie is really about.  e events of a movie are just the story.
 e power of the movie comes from the deeper themes, the subtext, and the
underlying context.

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