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    synonym of 'climax'

    What is the synonym for the climax of a movie?

    Is it 'highlight' or 'pinnacle'? If neither, what is the correct word?

    Thanks.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    I'd say that the climax of a movie is when the plot and sub-plots become clear and the viewer understands or appreciates all that he has seen.
    Peak or crescendo come to mind.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    What is the synonym for the climax of a movie?

    Is it 'highlight' or 'pinnacle'? If neither, what is the correct word?

    Thanks.
    The denouement.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    What is the synonym for the climax of a movie?

    Is it 'highlight' or 'pinnacle'? If neither, what is the correct word?

    Thanks.
    A usage - specific to movies - that is dying out (because of the introduction of digital technology) is 'the final reel': 'In the final reel, the baddy dies and the two young lovers get start a new life together'. I doubt if this sage will die out completely.

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    I'd say that the climax of a movie is when the plot and sub-plots become clear and the viewer understands or appreciates all that he has seen.
    Peak or crescendo come to mind.
    I was hoping we could avoid that one! My conductor is alway saying 'Where the music says crescendo, it doesn't mean "Get suddenly loud". What does it mean?'

    An obedient chorus replies: 'Getting louder'.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The denouement.
    I always thought of the denouement to be the part after the climax, before the epilogue.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    The denouement is the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.
    It is the climax of a chain of events, usually when something is decided or made clear.

    http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/denouement?q=denouement

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

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    I always thought of the denouement to be the part after the climax, before the epilogue.
    I must agree with this fellow.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I always thought of the denouement to be the part after the climax, before the epilogue.
    I think that view is coloured by a faux ami - the image 'tidying up loose ends'. It's tempting as a translation, but it's not accurate - dénouement is literally unknotting.

    So I agree with John, though I imagine the feeling is common among people who've neen told that dénouement 'means' "tidying up loose ends".


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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I think that view is coloured by a faux ami - the image 'tidying up loose ends'. It's tempting as a translation, but it's not accurate - dénouement is literally unknotting.

    So I agree with John, though I imagine the feeling is common among people who've neen told that dénouement 'means' "tidying up loose ends".
    I admit I don't know what you're trying to say. I don't know any French, so I'm not sure faux ami applies? I don't believe climax and denouement are necessarily synonyms. “strands of the plot [being] drawn together and matters [being] explained” can happen separately from what I’d call a climax.

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    Re: synonym of 'climax'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I admit I don't know what you're trying to say. I don't know any French, so I'm not sure faux ami applies? I don't believe climax and denouement are necessarily synonyms. “strands of the plot [being] drawn together and matters [being] explained” can happen separately from what I’d call a climax.
    Sorry. Faux ami - 'false friend' - similar-looking word that leads to a mistaken translation. I was obviously wrong - as K's response shows.

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