Hollywood Puzzle Films

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Warren Buckland
Routledge, May 30, 2014 - Social Science - 310 pages
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From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques—like fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable characters with split identities or unreliable narrators—more commonly attributed to art cinema and independent films. The essays in Hollywood Puzzle Films examine the appropriation of puzzle film techniques by contemporary Hollywood dramas and blockbusters through questions of narrative, time, and altered realities. Analyzing movies like Source Code, The Butterfly Effect, Donnie Darko, Déjà Vu, and adaptations of Philip K. Dick, contributors explore the implications of Hollywood's new movie mind games.

 

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Contents

list of figures and tables
complex narratives
puzzled hollywood and the return of complex films
inception the archetypal hollywood puzzle film
considering the utility ofdiagrams asa tool for understanding complex narratives
dream narrative ininception
inception

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Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author/editor of nine books, including The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (with Edward Branigan; Routledge, 2013), Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies (Routledge, 2009), and Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis (with Thomas Elsaesser; Bloomsbury, 2002). He also edits the New Review of Film and Television Studies.

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