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4th Jan '16 3:15:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{RENT}}'', complete with a shift in storytelling pace (the first act takes place in a single night, and the second act takes an entire year).
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* ''{{RENT}}'', ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'', complete with a shift in storytelling pace (the first act takes place in a single night, and the second act takes an entire year).

* ''WaitingForGodot'' subverts this by having the second act be more or less the same as the first, without much difference in tone. Hence the reviewer who said that it is "a play in which nothing happens, twice." * ''SpringAwakening'' is a curious case since although most of the tragedy happens in Act II, the real shift in storytelling is actually in the middle of Act I, right around where Moritz flunks and Melchior and Wendla's romance takes a serious turn. However the two acts do complement each other nicely as Act I is about sex (i.e. life) and Act II is about death.
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* ''WaitingForGodot'' ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'' subverts this by having the second act be more or less the same as the first, without much difference in tone. Hence the reviewer who said that it is "a play in which nothing happens, twice." * ''SpringAwakening'' ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' is a curious case since although most of the tragedy happens in Act II, the real shift in storytelling is actually in the middle of Act I, right around where Moritz flunks and Melchior and Wendla's romance takes a serious turn. However the two acts do complement each other nicely as Act I is about sex (i.e. life) and Act II is about death.
18th Dec '15 3:51:51 PM piraml
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* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', with the second 'act' beginning after the marriage and the Nazi takeover.

** Bernstein was aware of this. In West Side Story, he puts the Rumble (where the deaths of Riff and Bernardo parallel those of Mercutio and Tybalt) just before the interval.
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** Bernstein was aware of this. In Also applies to West Side Story, he puts with the Rumble (where the deaths of Riff and Bernardo parallel those of Mercutio and Tybalt) just occurring right before the interval.intermission.

* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'': the break comes between Jesus's lament for Jerusalem and Pilate's first appearance. It's all dark, but the second act is darker than the first.
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* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'': the The break comes between Jesus's lament for Jerusalem Judas' betrayal of Jesus and Pilate's first appearance. the Last Supper. It's all dark, but the second act is darker than the first.
17th Nov '15 5:15:08 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The first half features Bambi growing up and meeting the inhabitants of the forest, until his mother is killed by hunters and he is taken off to be raised by his father. The second half has Bambi returning as an adult and protecting the animals from a wildfire set off by the hunters, ultimately ending with Bambi taking his place as the Great Prince of the Forest. * ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar.
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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The first half features of''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' involves Bambi growing up and meeting the inhabitants of the forest, until his mother is killed by hunters and he is taken off to be raised by his father. The second half has Bambi returning as involves an adult and Bambi protecting the animals from a wildfire set off by the hunters, ultimately ending with Bambi taking his place as the Great becoming Prince of the Forest. * ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Forest. The 2006 midquel takes place between the two acts. * ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has been called "Bambi in Africa" due to it's similar structure (the first half of being the movie is about Simba's childhood protagonist's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The how he loses a parent, the second half is adult Simba coming to terms with being about his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar. adulthood).
24th Jul '15 4:27:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'' purposely inverts this trope; since the plot runs backwards, Act I is where Frank's life has already gone to hell, whilst Act II is sees him becoming younger and thus more promising and optimistic.
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* ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'' ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'' purposely inverts this trope; since the plot runs backwards, Act I is where Frank's life has already gone to hell, whilst Act II is sees him becoming younger and thus more promising and optimistic.
7th Jul '15 9:17:26 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' (VHS edition): the first cassette ends with the crash and Mr. Andrews' pronouncement of doom.
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* ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' (VHS edition): the first cassette ends with the crash and Mr. Andrews' pronouncement of doom.
28th May '15 7:06:33 PM nombretomado
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* Much like ''{{Into the Woods}}'', the anime ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', the first season has dark moments, but is overall a happy MagicalGirl romp through fairy tale tropes with a ballet twist. The season even ends in a way that makes it seem like the ending of a typical fairytale, with [[spoiler:Mytho and Princess Tutu dancing happily together after their victory against [[DarkMagicalGirl Princess Kraehe]]]]. The second season, however, seems more like a ''deconstruction'' of a fairytale, with [[spoiler:Mytho being poisoned by Raven's blood and becoming a villain]], character's motivations being questioned and dark backstories revealed. Edel's CatchPhrase--"May those who follow their fate find happiness, may those who defy it be granted glory"--takes on a whole new meaning when looking at the two seasons of the show.
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* Much like ''{{Into ''Theatre/{{Into the Woods}}'', the anime ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', the first season has dark moments, but is overall a happy MagicalGirl romp through fairy tale tropes with a ballet twist. The season even ends in a way that makes it seem like the ending of a typical fairytale, with [[spoiler:Mytho and Princess Tutu dancing happily together after their victory against [[DarkMagicalGirl Princess Kraehe]]]]. The second season, however, seems more like a ''deconstruction'' of a fairytale, with [[spoiler:Mytho being poisoned by Raven's blood and becoming a villain]], character's motivations being questioned and dark backstories revealed. Edel's CatchPhrase--"May those who follow their fate find happiness, may those who defy it be granted glory"--takes on a whole new meaning when looking at the two seasons of the show.
11th Apr '15 4:04:44 AM Morgenthaler
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Split animated films and live-action films.
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[[AC:{{Film}}]][[AC:Films -- Animated]] * ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The first half features Bambi growing up and meeting the inhabitants of the forest, until his mother is killed by hunters and he is taken off to be raised by his father. The second half has Bambi returning as an adult and protecting the animals from a wildfire set off by the hunters, ultimately ending with Bambi taking his place as the Great Prince of the Forest. * ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar. [[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]

* ''LifeIsBeautiful''. First half, light-hearted romantic-comedy. Second half, heartbreaking [[{{Dramedy}} tragi-comedy]] set in a concentration camp.
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* ''LifeIsBeautiful''.''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''. First half, light-hearted romantic-comedy. Second half, heartbreaking [[{{Dramedy}} tragi-comedy]] set in a concentration camp.

* The narrative of ''MulhollandDrive'' breaks down into two distinct parts. * ''HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot'' starts off light-hearted, but turns scary after the PlotTwist.
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* The narrative of ''MulhollandDrive'' ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' breaks down into two distinct parts. * ''HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot'' ''Film/HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot'' starts off light-hearted, but turns scary after the PlotTwist.

* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The first half features Bambi growing up and meeting the inhabitants of the forest, until his mother is killed by hunters and he is taken off to be raised by his father. The second half has Bambi returning as an adult and protecting the animals from a wildfire set off by the hunters, ultimately ending with Bambi taking his place as the Great Prince of the Forest. * ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar.
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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The first half features Bambi growing up and meeting the inhabitants of the forest, until his mother is killed by hunters and he is taken off to be raised by his father. The second half has Bambi returning as an adult and protecting the animals from a wildfire set off by the hunters, ultimately ending with Bambi taking his place as the Great Prince of the Forest. * ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar.
8th Mar '15 4:50:54 PM nombretomado
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* The television show ''{{Skins}}'' keeps the same cast for two seasons before starting over with a completely new cast and story; each "generation," as they are called, tends to roughly follow the Rise and Fall pattern, with a somewhat simpler, sunnier first season followed by a DarkerAndEdgier second season where things start falling apart. * ''{{Stargate}}'' shows split their seasons into two parts, often having some kind of cliffhanger or game-changer before the intermission.
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* The television show ''{{Skins}}'' ''Series/{{Skins}}'' keeps the same cast for two seasons before starting over with a completely new cast and story; each "generation," as they are called, tends to roughly follow the Rise and Fall pattern, with a somewhat simpler, sunnier first season followed by a DarkerAndEdgier second season where things start falling apart. * ''{{Stargate}}'' ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' shows split their seasons into two parts, often having some kind of cliffhanger or game-changer before the intermission.
13th Dec '14 3:27:57 PM Sapphirea2
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* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' strikes this structure and reverses it in one aspect: Act Two is darker than the first, but it's also ''far'' more fanciful. The first act is set in the ordinary world and follows the Golden Ticket search and the five children who find said tickets, leading up to their arrival at the factory. Charlie -- the only nice kid of the bunch, poor though he is -- seems to have the least chance of winning the mysterious secret super-prize come tour's end, as the other four are {{Spoiled Brat}}s who each have it made in their lives. That's when they and the audience are introduced to the reclusive owner/creator of the factory, who is dazzling, hammy, eccentric, and...well, [[AntiHero a touch sinister]]...in the Act One finale. The BlackComedy mostly bubbling under the surface in Act One explodes in Act Two as the tour group travels through [[TheWonderland a wonderland]] that dishes out the LaserGuidedKarma the "real" world didn't -- the brats meet dreadful fates for their misbehavior and Charlie winds up getting a joyous HappilyEverAfter. (Also has a shift in storytelling pace in that Act One unfolds over a few months and Act Two takes place over a single day.)
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* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' strikes this structure and reverses it in one aspect: Act Two is darker than the first, but it's also ''far'' more fanciful. The first act is set in the ordinary world and follows the Golden Ticket search and the five children who find said tickets, leading up tickets to their arrival at the titular factory. Charlie -- the only nice kid of the bunch, poor though he is -- seems to have the least chance of winning the mysterious secret super-prize come tour's end, as the other four are {{Spoiled Brat}}s who each have it made in their lives.made. That's when they and the audience are introduced to the reclusive owner/creator of the factory, who is dazzling, hammy, eccentric, and...well, [[AntiHero a touch touch]] [[AmbiguouslyEvil sinister]]...in the Act One finale. The BlackComedy mostly bubbling under the surface in its way through Act One explodes in Act Two as the tour group travels through [[TheWonderland a wonderland]] that dishes out the LaserGuidedKarma the "real" world didn't -- the brats meet dreadful fates for their misbehavior and Charlie winds up getting a joyous HappilyEverAfter. (Also has a shift in storytelling pace in that Act One unfolds over a few months and Act Two takes place over a single day.)

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22nd Nov '14 5:42:03 PM SirTiki
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* ''TheLionKing''. The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar.
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* ''TheLionKing''.''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The first half features Bambi growing up and meeting the inhabitants of the forest, until his mother is killed by hunters and he is taken off to be raised by his father. The second half has Bambi returning as an adult and protecting the animals from a wildfire set off by the hunters, ultimately ending with Bambi taking his place as the Great Prince of the Forest. * ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar.
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