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Slumdog Millionaire

The Idea of the Film

Lead characters Latika and Jamal in an embrace at VT station

The trailer and synopsis of a film have a similar function. They give us enough ideas about a film in order to generate interest and persuade audiences to see the film. However, they have to avoid giving away too much information as this might ruin the actual viewing of the film. Both of these formats will avoid giving away any twists and turns in the narrative and certainly will not give us any information about the ending of the film. They will tease us, revealing just enough about the film to make us want to see more. This section asks you to consider how each of these elements work.