Gamma Quadra on screen

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As described on the first article around Quadra values on screen, Gamma movies are plot-driven, with twists and psychological introspection on characters. Their narratives usually offer a snapshot of the darker aspects of human nature and society.

As such, they can fall under one of the following three categories. The first type draws more heavily on intuition and logic (Ni + Te) , while the other two focus on the other block (Se + Fi), hence entailing a form of (covert or overt) power struggle.

  1. The more cerebral films depict the shortcomings of reality as a whole (Ni + Te) and often use a cynical tone. It is not uncommon for Gamma stories to expose the grimmest faces of the establishment, institutions, culture and other facets of society. An example of this narrative is David Fincher’s “Fight Club” (1999). Not only does this movie criticise the dehumanising impact of consumerism on individuals, but it also unveils the narrator’s turn to another form of tribalism (i.e. a violent terrorist group) as inevitable alternative. In the scene below, Tyler Durden (SEE) teaches his life philosophy and view of the world (Ni + Te) to the narrator, using force and pain (Se) as means of learning.
  2. Covert power struggle can manifest in the form of the protagonist’s individual competitiveness and ambition to find a place in society, as well as the tendency to push moral boundaries to meet their impulses and desires. An example from this category are Martin Scorsese’s “The wolf of Wall Street” (2013). The former tells the real story of how Jordan Belfort’s (LIE) made a fortune by adopting fraudulent techniques and ripping off his customers.The movie shows Belfort’s cunning abilities in understanding the broker’s market and plotting his business’ schemes (Te+ Ni). In addition, several scenes emphasise the slyness in his sales style, when he tries to earn his customers’ trust (Fi + Se) to convince them to purchase rubbish stocks. This is particularly obvious in the scene below, where Belfort using metaphors paints a picture of his company’s “mission”, knowing what his potential customers might be seeking for before making an investment (Fi + Se in support of Te). 
  3. Overt power struggle is depicted as open rivalry and conflict between individuals or groups, involving inevitable betrayals and psychological manipulations as means to win. Many popular contemporary TV series, such as the Walking Dead (2010-2019), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), the Borgias (2011-2014) and Peaky Blinders (2013-2019), are Gamma and fall under this category. When it comes to the big screen, good examples arise from Sergio Leone or Quentin Tarantino’s filmography. In the “Hateful Eight” (2015), a blizzard draws all characters to a lodge, where the conflict between them is gradually unveiled, ending up with everyone’s death. After the General gets killed, the movie shows an escalation of tension (Se) between the characters, playing with what is not said (Fi). This is particularly evident in the Chapter 4 linked below, where Daisy Domergue is aware that the coffee had been poisoned, yet she deliberately chooses not to say anything while her guard John Ruth drinks the coffee. Instead, the camera locks on her smiling face (Fi), unveiling her satisfaction about John Ruth being doomed and establishing a shift in the power dynamics between the two characters (Se + Fi). 

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