Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema

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Warren Buckland
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 11, 2009 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
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 Warren Buckland
1
1 The MindGame Film Thomas Elsaesser
13
2 Making Sense of Lost Highway Warren Buckland
42
The Role of Primacy Priming Schemas and Reconstructive Memory in a FirstTime Viewing of The Sixth Sense Daniel Barratt
62
Film Form and Mnemonic Devices in Memento Stefano Ghislotti
87
The Screenplays of Charlie Kaufman Chris Dzialo
107
Time Place and Character Subjectivity in Run Lola Run Michael Wedel
129
7 Infernal Affairs and the Ethics of Complex Narrative Allan Cameron and Sean Cubitt
151
8 Happy Together? Generic Hybridity in 2046 and In the Mood for Love Gary Bettinson
167
Lou Yes Suzhou River and Purple Butterfly Yunda Eddie Feng
187
10 The Pragmatic Poetics of Hong Sangsoos The Day a Pig Fell into a Well Marshall Deutelbaum
203
11 Looking for Access in Narrative Complexity The New and the Old in Oldboy Eleftheria Thanouli
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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