Database "Mobilization of Emotions in War Films"

The results of the systematic analysis of Hollywood war films using the eMAEX procedure are presented here. The war film genre encompasses eight standard scenes that, on the basis of narrative stereotypes and aesthetic strategies, can each be assigned to distinct realms of affect (pathos scenes).

1.) Films are divided into sets of pathos scenes. Each scene contains its classification and the corresponding video clip is integrated, as well as the descriptive analytical texts and further material. In this manner, the forms and patterns of filmic expressivity can be identified in a traceable manner. Furthermore, in an analogous way, pathos scenes are divided into expressive movement units.

2.) Definitions are given for individual pathos scene categories. These contain central narrative constellations, aesthetic strategies and realms of affect as well as exemplary basic figurations.  A link list leads directly to the scenes within the film that belong to each pathos scene. In this way the war film genre is made accessible through pathos scenes types.

3.) The diagrams are graphic representations of the film’s dramaturgy of affect—the temporal structure of the pathos scenes in the course of the film—and are a key starting point for comparative analyses. For this reason these representations, also available on each film’s web page, are also all presented here.

The database currently comprises 31 films that have been divided into pathos scenes. Complete analytical descriptive texts can be found for four films, which have been analyzed in detail. This equals approximately 100 pathos scenes and 300 expressive movement units. More than half of these are also available in English. Films and scenes with descriptive text are marked with an asterisk*.

Guide for navigating through the database

List of authors


The database was developed in cooperation with CeDiS (Center für Digitale Systeme) of Freie Universität Berlin.
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