George Polti's 36 dramatic situations on film with Hannaleena Hauru

Kaappaus – ABDUCTION

This situation is an exercise made by the ”Future Film Studies” students in Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland. During 24 hours the students got to know George Polti’s magical world.. In this dramatic rehearse the focus was on making the ATM machine as a rescuer for the abducted.



(The Abductor; the Abducted; the Guardian)

Or, the Great Bourgeois Romance ! Was it not thus
that Moliere used to put an end to his comedies, when
he judged that the moment had arrived for sending
his audience home satisfied? Sometimes he substi-
tuted a treasure-box for a girl, as in ”Tartuffe,” or
arranged an exchange of the one for the other, as in

We find in ABDUCTION one of the situations bear-
ing upon Rivalry, and in which Jealousy appears,
although not painted with so superb a coloring as in the

In two of the following classes (B and C) we may
remark the intrusion of the situations ”Adultery” and
”Recovery of a Lost Loved One.” The same usage is
quite possible in almost all the other situations. I
would point out to those who may be interested in a
moire detailed analysis, that love is not necessarily the
motive of Abduction (in Class D will be found friend-
ship, faith, etc.) nor the reason of the obstacles raised
by the guardian.

A Abduction of an Unwilling Woman: Aeschylus’
and Sophocles’ ”Orithyies” ; Aeschylus’ ”Europa” and
”The Carians.” ”With Fire and Sword” (after Sien-
kiewicz, 1904). Comedy: ”Le Jeu de Robin et de
Marion” (Adam de la Halle). Historic and legendary:
the Sabine women; Cassandra. There appears to me
to be tragic material in cases of extreme eroticism, of
premeditated violation preceded by a mania of passion
and its resulting state of overexcitation, and followed
by the murder of the outraged victim, by regrets
before the beautiful corpse, by the repugnant
work of dismemberment or concealment of the body;
then by a disgust for life and by successive blunders
which lead to the discovery of the criminal.

B Abduction of a Consenting Woman: ”The
Abduction of Helen” by Sophocles, and the comedy of
the same name but not upon the same subject, by Lope.
Numberless other comedies and romances.

C (1) Recapture of the Woman Without the
Slaying of the Abductor: Euripides’ ”Helen”; ”Malati
and Madhava,” by Bhavabhuti (the poet ”of voice
divine”). Rescue of a sister: ”Iphigenia in Tauris.”

(2) The Same Case, With the Slaying of the
Ravisher: ”Mahaviracharita,” by Bhavabhuti; ”Han-
ouman” (a collaborative work) ; ”Anarghara-ghava”
(anonymous) ; ”The Me.ssage of Angada,” by Soubhata ;
”Abhirama Mani,” by Soundara Misra; ”Hermione” by

D (1) Rescue of a Captive Friend: ”Richard
Coeur-de-Lion,” by Sedaine and Gretry. A great
number of escapes, historic and fictitious.

(2) Of a Child: ”L’Homme de Proie” (Lefevre
and Laporte, 1908).

(3) Of a Soul in Captivity to Error: ”Barlaam
and Josaphat,” a fourteenth-century Miracle. The
deeds of the Apostles, of missionaries, etc.