Flashbacks in Film: Memory & History

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Routledge, Dec 17, 2013 - Performing Arts - 312 pages

The flashback is a crucial moment in a film narrative, one that captures the cinematic expression of memory, and history. This author’s wide-ranging account of this single device reveals it to be an important way of creating cinematic meaning.

Taking as her subject all of film history, the author traces out the history of the flashback, illuminating that history through structuralist narrative theory, psychoanalytic theories of subjectivity, and theories of ideology.

From the American silent film era and the European and Japanese avant-garde of the twenties, from film noir and the psychological melodrama of the forties and fifties to 1980s art and Third World cinema, the flashback has interrogated time and memory, making it a nexus for ideology, representations of the psyche, and shifting cultural attitudes.

 

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Contents

1 Definition and Theory of the Flashback
1
2 Flashbacks in American Silent Cinema
21
3 European and Japanese Experimentation with Flashbacks in Silent Films
61
4 The Subjectivity of History in Hollywood Sound Films
103
5 Flashbacks and the Psyche in Melodrama and Film Noir
143
6 Disjunction in the Modernist Flashback
189
Notes
247
Bibliography
265
Index
273

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