Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 12, 2009 - Performing Arts - 241 pages
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Drawing upon the expertise of film scholars from around the world, Puzzle Films investigates a number of films that sport complex storytelling--from Memento, Old Boy, and Run Lola Run, to the Infernal Affairs trilogy and In the Mood for Love.
  • Unites American ‘independent’ cinema, the European and International Art film, and certain modes of avant-garde filmmaking on the basis of their shared storytelling complexity
  • Draws upon the expertise of film scholars from North America, Britain, China, Poland, Holland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and Australia
 

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Contents

Puzzle Plots
1
The MindGame Film
13
Making Sense of Lost Highway
42
Twist Blindness The Role of Primacy Priming Schemas and Reconstructive Memory in a First Time Viewing of The Sixth Sense
62
Narrative Comprehension Made Difficult Film Form and Mnemonic Devices in Memento
87
Frustrated Time Narration The Screenplays of Charlie Kaufman
107
Backbeat and Overlap Time Place and Character Subjectivity in Run Lola Run
129
Infernal Affairs and the Ethics of Complex Narrative
151
Happy Together? Generic Hybridity in 2046 and In the Mood for Love
167
Revitalizing the Thriller Genre Lou Yes Suzhou River and Purple Butterfly
187
The Pragmatic Poetics of Hong Sangsoos The Day a Pig Fell into a Well
203
Looking for Access in Narrative Complexity The New and the Old in Oldboy
217
Index
233
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Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is author of Directed by Steven Spielberg and The Cognitive Semiotics of Film, and co-author (with Thomas Elsaesser) of Studying Contemporary American Film.

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