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Noun1.MacGuffin - (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot; "the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock's films"
plot element - a component or element of the plot of a story
cinema, film, celluloid - a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events"
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As the children of the Lords MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane) and Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), the three young nobles arrive in the film to try to win the hand of Princess Merida through sporting contest.
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Friday the 13th Part II (1981) responded to this urgency by introducing a new homicidal maniac, Jason Voorhees (who was a mere MacGuffin in the first film), but Friday the 13th 3D must offer viewers more than just a plot twist to keep the franchise alive.
We're looking for a MacGuffin, which is an object that he goes after.
The key difference in "Burn" is that the MacGuffin, the plot element that drives the entire actions of the characters, is pretty much nothing.
Where there is passion and material value, however, there is the MacGuffin for a mystery, and books are so well qualified for this that a whole subcategory of crime novels called bibliomysteries has developed.
They learn not the use of a macguffin to expose character flaws but, rather, that fiction might have a pattern.
The murder is, of course, merely a Macguffin and even Poirot would be hard pressed to unmask the true killer(s).
But unli ke the sinister lurking beneath the ordinary that characterizes Hitchcock's cinema, here the revelation of truth behind the MacGuffin is that such deceits are benignly undramatic.
The masked orgy provides a remarkably tense, titillating, shocking and disturbing centrepiece for the film but, in the hands of Kubrick, it ultimately proves something of a MacGuffin - an almost irrelevant Hitchcockian plot device.
The galvanizing nature of possible conspiracy recalls Elkin's The MacGuffin, but it is the contest between the stigmata of decline, of soured flesh and stored-up animosities on the one hand and the ego's eloquent, schticky, hilarious high tide on the other, that dominates, as it does throughout the entire Elkin canon.
HALF MACGUFFIN, HALF HOLY GRAIL, the "impossible object" driving Jonathan Lethem's novel Chronic City (Doubleday, 2009) is a vase of transcendent attractiveness called a chaldron.