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framing device

n. (context narratology English) (rfdef: English)

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Saving Private Ryan, which is essentially an episode of the old TV show Combat with an okay Grand Guignol beginning and a mawkish framing device, and features the Mister Potato Head of contemporary thespians, Tom Hanks.

I also liked the framing device of having the story told by a fictitious scribe (done to avoid the need for footnotes), and I particularly enjoyed the opening chapter, which briefly provides this scribe's own history.