Myth and the Movies puts meat on the substantial and influential bones of Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey by illustrating the mythic structure of 50 great films. Stuart Voytilla's selection of movies is imaginative and challenging, going beyond the obvious myth-based films to demonstrate mythic structure in the "real" world of story. Voytilla's commitment to this project is impressive. He covers all the genres -- action adventure, western, horror, thriller, war, drama, romance, romantic comedy, and science fiction/ fantasy. The book is invaluable for romance writers. By studying the sections on romance and romantic comedy they will undoubtedly gain a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between the Journey of the Heart and the Journey of the Higher Cause and -- perhaps more fundamentally -- the interplay between human emotion and the mythic structure itself. Using as examples Casablanca, The African Queen, La Strada, Beauty and the Beast, The Piano (for romance)and Bringing Up Baby, Singin' in the Rain, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Annie Hall and Sleepless in Seattle (for romantic comedy), Voytilla heightens the romance writer's understanding of these all-important concepts. A worthy companion to The Writer's Journey. Highly recommended for film buffs, and screenwriters and novelists of all genres.