A multipart is a work, which consists of at least two parts, which belong together in content. This can be a cinematic, musical or literary work, whereby the term is usually referred to as films or extensive prose works (eg novels). The individual works of such a multicomponent are, in fact, together in content, but generally function independently. The action of the individual parts is thus self-contained and rarely interrupted by strong cliffhangers.

The term multi-part is, however, unusual. In most cases, the number of the related works is named directly, which is why names such as the second, the third, the four-part, or the corresponding equivalents of the dilogy, the trilogy and the tetralogy are more widespread. In the literary context, the concept cycle is also widespread (eg romance cycle) in order to characterize a content-related series. The most frequent representatives are probably cycles consisting of three parts, ie trilogies.

The designation of different multipartners
Multipart in the literature
Such multipartists have already been documented in the literature since antiquity, although in the beginning they were usually three tragedies from the same circle of myths (see myth). At times, these three-lobes were extended by a relaxing after-play (satyr play) and thus developed into tetralogy.

Such tetralogies, since the 5th century BC, The decisive tragic agon (competition) of the Great Dionysia. Several poets competed against each other and presented their works to the audience. These parts were arranged in one day and built up on one another, which is why the material connection is very narrow, as in the Orestee (458 BC) by the poet Aischylos.

Later on, for instance, in the works of Euripides and Sophocles, the individual parts of such cycles were still connected with one another in terms of content, but they offered an enormous concentration of the action, which is why the individual pieces can be assessed as independent. However, this condensation of the action, due to its enormous content, almost broke the scope of Dionysia.

The division of dramatic substances was also common in later epochs. A well-known example from the literature is, for example, Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein, which was created as a trilogy in order to loosen up the extensive material. The individual works of the multiplier are, however, self-employed. It is essential, therefore, for such dramatic multipartes that they are mostly used to loosen the length of the material in order not to lose the attention of the audience during the performance.

In the 21st century, however, such multipartisans are also common in epic literature, and they determine large parts of fiction. Recent examples are the dystopian romance novel The Tribute of Panem by Suzanne Collins and the popular fantasy novel series Harry Potter by the author Joanne K. Rowling, which consists of seven parts (heptalogy). As a lyrical multipartist, for example, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s trilogy of passion or even Josef Weinheber’s heroic trilogy.

Multipart in the film
There are also several parts in the film. In contrast to the dramas of antiquity, films are usually not planned in advance, but are supplemented by additional parts in financial success. Exceptions are only a few examples and of course all adaptations of literary works.

It is, however, necessary to distinguish between television and cinema films that have several parts, and (television) series. Television series are always part of a season, which usually has between six and thirty individual episodes. If the season is successful, the next will be produced. TV series are therefore already planned in advance as multi-part episodes and films are usually not.

Partially, film extensions also have a quite bland flavor, since the maximization of profits is very often in the foreground. Especially in the case of recent literary film adaptations, individual parts were sometimes strongly stretched and narrow strings of action extended to several Kinofilme.

Types of multi-partitions (examples) Dilogy (Secondary)
Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino (film)
Kill Bill – Volume 1 (2003)
Kill Bill – Volume 2 (2004)
French Connection (film)
The French Connection (1971)
French Connection II (1975)
Zoolander by Ben Stiller (Film)
Zoolander (2001)
Zoolander 2 (2016?)
Two novels by Anna Seghers (Literature)
The decision (1959)
The Trust (1969)Trilogy
The Lord of the Rings by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (Literature / Film)
The Fellowship (1954/2001)
The Two Towers (1954/2002)
The Return of the King (1955/2003)
Orestie of the poet Aeschylus (tragedy)
Agamemnon (UA: 458 BC)
Libation Bearers
The godfather of Francis Ford Coppola (film)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather – Part II (1974)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (Literature)
Blindness (2005) – Full cast and crew
Verdammnis (2006) – Full cast and crew
Forgiveness (2007)
Danziger Trilogy by Günter Grass (Literature)
The Blechtrommel (1959)
Cat and Mouse (1961)
Dog Years (1963)

Tetralogy (four-part)
The Pillars of the Earth by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (TV)
The Pillars of the Earth: Part 1 (2010)
The Pillars of the Earth: Part 2
The Pillars of the Earth: Part 3
The Pillars of the Earth: Part 4
The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner (opera cycle)
The Rheingold (1876)
The Valkyrie
Joseph and his brothers by Thomas Mann (literature)
The stories of Jacob
The young Joseph
Joseph in Egypt
Joseph, the breadwinner
Pentalogy (Five-Part)
Rottenknechte by Frank Beyer (telefilm)
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Rottenknechte: Part 2
Rottenknechte: Part 3
Rottenknechte: Part 4
Rottenknechte: Part 5
A hitchhiker through the galaxy of Douglas Adams (Roman series)
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
The restaurant at the end of the universe (1980)
Life, the Universe, and the Rest (1982)
Take care and thank the fish (1984)
Once Rupert and Back (1992)
Rabbit Pentalogy by John Updike (Literature)
Hasenherz (1960) – Full cast and crew
Under the Astronaut Moon (1971)
Better Relationships (1981)
Rabbit in Peace (1990)
Rabbit, a Return (2002)

Hexalogy (Six-Part)
Min kamp by Karl Ove Knausgård (Literature)
Min kamp. Første bok (2009)
Min kamp. Andre bok (2009)
Min kamp. Tredje bok (2009)
Min kamp. Fjerde bok (2010)
Min kamp. Femte bok (2010)
Min kamp. Sjette bok (2010)
From the bourgeois heroic life (1908-1923) by Carl Sternheim (literature)
The pants
The Snob
The Fossil
The cassette
Citizen Schippel
Harry Potter by Joanne K. Rowling (Romance series)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2000)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
The Chronicles of Narnia by Clive Staples Lewis (Romance Series)
The King of Narnia (1950)
Prince Caspian of Narnia (1951)
The Journey on the Dawn (1952)
The Silver Armchair (1953)
The ride to Narnia (1954)
The Miracle of Narnia (1955)
The Last Fight (1956)
Octology (octagon)
The Kennedys, Canadian-American television miniserie
The Patriarch (2011)
The pig bay disaster
Organised Crime
race riots
The Kubakrise
The assassination attempt
Time of grief

Ennealogy (Nine-part)
German Chronicle by Walter Kempowski (Literature)
German Chronicle I. From Great Times (1978)
German Chronicle II Beautiful View (1981)
German Chronicle III. Have you seen Hitler? (1973)
German Chronicle IV. Tadellöser & Wolff (1971)
German Chronicle V. We’re still gold (1972)
German Chronicle VI. Did you know? (1979)
Deutsche Chronik VII. A chapter by itself (1975)
German Chronicle VIII School (1974)
German Chronicle IX. Welcome to (1984)
Decalogy (ten-part)
Novel about a crime of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (crime series)
The Dead in the Göta Canal (1965)
The Man Who Disappeared in Air (1966)
The Man on the Balcony (1967)
Endstation for Nine (1968)
Alarm in Sköldgatan (1969)
And the Great Run (1970)
The Disgust of Säffle (1971)
Locked and Locked (1972)
The Police Officer (1974)
The Terrorists (1975)
Decade of Krzysztof Kieślowski (film series)
Decalogue, One
Decalogue, Two
Decalogue, Three
Decalogue, Four
Decalogue, Five
Decalogue, Sixth
Decalogue, sieving
Decalogue, Eight
Decalogue, Nine
Decalogue, Ten
Band of Brothers – We Were Like Brothers (TV Production)
Currahee (2001)
The first day
Carentan – focal point Normandy
The new
The special order
Why we are fighting
the war

Unfortunately, it was not possible for us to find an example for an elite. If you are familiar with a cinematic, musical or literary work, which consists of eleven individual pieces, we are pleased to receive a message with a corresponding note.
Dodecology (Twelve Part)
House of Night by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (book series)
Betrayed (2010)
Selected (2010)
Untamed (2010) – Full cast and crew
Hunted (2011)
Tried (2011)
Burned (2011)
Wanted (2011)
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Lost (2012)
Unleashed (2013)
Redeemed (2014)
Ikosalogy (Twenty Dividers)
The Rougon-Macquart by Émile Zola (Literature)
The fortune of the Rougon family (La fortune des Rougon 1871)
The booty (La curée 1871)
The belly of Paris (Le ventre de Paris 1873)
The Conquest of Plassans (La conquête de Plassans, 1874)
The Sin of the Abbé Mouret (La faute de l’Abbé Mouret, 1875)
His Excellency Eugène Rougon (Son excellence Eugène Rougon 1876)
The assassin (L’Assommoir 1877)
A leaf of love (Une page d’amour 1878)
Nana (Nana 1880)
A fine house (Pot-Bouille 1882)
The paradise of the ladies (Au bonheur des dames 1883)
The joy of life (La joie de vivre 1884)
Germinal (Germinal 1885)
The work (L’œuvre 1886)
The Earth (La terre 1887)
The dream (Le rêve 1888)
The Beast in Man / The Beast in Man (La bête humaine 1890)
The money (L’argent 1891)
The collapse (La débâcle 1892)
Doctor Pascal (Le docteur Pascal 1893)
Note: The above overview of the multipart types in the language usage
The descriptions given for the respective multi-divider types are correct and can also be used theoretically. Usually, however, only the terms second-line, trilogy and tetralogy are used, whereas all multipartes, which are characterized by even more works, are rarely precisely named in practice.


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