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Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema Paperback – December 19, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1405168625 ISBN-10: 1405168625 Edition: 1st
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"Barratt makes excellent use of graphics to help illustrate the strategies employed by Shyamalan to prevent the first-time viewer anticipating the aforementioned twist . . . ultimately though, Buckland's collection does provide a thought-provoking study of what has become an important genre in contemporary cinema." (Scope Book Reviews, 1 February 2011)

"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 and TV Studies, Brunel University

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Puzzle Films examines the influence of a new storytelling epoch on contemporary world cinema. 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, are riddled with gaps, deception, labyrinthine structures, unreliable narrators, and overt coincidences.

Drawing upon the expertise of film scholars from around the world, this edited collectioninvestigates 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.

At a time when many a film is asking more--not less--of fans and cineastes, Puzzle Films will help viewers keep pace with a form of narration that captures the anxiety and ambiguity of our time.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405168625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405168625
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott J. Knight on May 11, 2009
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This collection on the concept of complex stories in film is well edited with a clear examination, comparison and extension of narratological arguments by Bordwell and Branigan through a rich variety of case studies including a number of signficant recent Asian films.
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