Film Analysis: Slacker 1991

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“Slacker” (1991) is an independent film by director “Richard Linklater”. It's a character-based fiction, structured with many individual scenes forming a feature film without an apparent narrative.
The film is portraying bits of everyday life of several eccentric people in Austin, Texas. The film is built up in a way that every scene presents new characters, and after the scene is over you will never see the same characters again. The camera floats from scene to scene by following different characters from one location to another. Like normal three-act-structure'd films, “Slacker” has no protagonist to lead a plot line. It's therefore no plot to connect the scenes to each other, creating many individual scenes with their own
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He is constantly talking to the driver about his thoughts of alternate realities. “It's like every decision you make... the thing you choose not to do, fractions off and becomes its own reality, you know...”
This scene is held in only one shot of both Linklater's character and the cabdriver. Linklater is continuously talking about one subject throughout the drive. And because the scene is never cut to a close-up or escalates through editing, I feel like we are never introduced to something within the character, unlike films with a more apparent narrative.
In a conventional three-act-structure'd film, the scenes are often built up differently.
I have chosen a scene from George Clooney's “The Ides of March (2011)”.
The editing pattern of this scene is rather common. It starts of with an establishing shot of the characters in the scene. In this case, this shot is held until the conversation starts being personal.
As the scene escalates and intensifies the scene is cut into ultra close-ups of both the characters. In this case the scene is never cut back to the establishing shot, which often is the case.

“The Place Beyond The Pines” Is a feature film by Derek Cianfrance. The storyline is linear, but focuses on different protagonists throughout the film. It starts off with one main character, who has his own narrative. Later in the film we are introduced to
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