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Puzzle films : complex storytelling in contemporary cinema

Author: Warren Buckland
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
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"Puzzle Films examines the influence of a new storytelling epoch on contemporary world cinema by identifying and analyzing films that reject classical storytelling techniques and instead embrace nonlinearity, time loops, and fragmented spatio-temporal reality as their narrative form. These films blur the boundaries between different levels of reality, and are riddled with gaps, deception, labyrinthine structures,  Read more...

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Puzzle films.
Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Buckland
ISBN: 9781405168618 1405168617 9781405168625 1405168625
OCLC Number: 230183112
Description: ix, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Puzzle plots / Warren Buckland --
The mind-game film / Thomas Elsaesser --
Making sense of Lost Highway / Warren Buckland --
"Twist blindness" : the role of primacy, priming, schemas, and reconstructive memory in a first-time viewing of The Sixth Sense / Daniel Barratt --
Narrative comprehension made difficult : film form and mnemonic devices in Memento / Stefano Ghislotti --
"Frustrated time" narration : the screenplays of Charlie Kaufman / Chris Dzialo --
Backbeat and overlap : time, place, and character subjectivity in Run Lola Run / Michael Wedel --
Infernal Affairs and the ethics of complex narrative / Allan Cameron and Sean Cubitt --
Happy together? : generic hybridity in 2046 and In the Mood for Love / Gary Bettinson --
Revitalizing the thriller genre : Lou Ye's Suzhou River and Purple Butterfly / Yunda Eddie Feng --
The pragmatic poetics of Hong Sangsoo's The Day a Pig Fell into a Well / Marshall Deutelbaum --
Looking for access in narrative complexity : the new and the old in Oldboy / Eleftheria Thanouli.
Responsibility: edited by Warren Buckland.
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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  Read more...


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A timely and insightful guide to some of the more complex and labyrinthine currents in recent cinema, drawing on an admirable range of examples from around the globe. Geoff King, Professor of Film Read more...

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