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  1. Broken time, continued evolution : anachronies in contemporary films

    In 1983, Brian Henderson published an article that examined various types of narrative structure in film, including flashbacks and flashforwards. After analyzing a whole spectrum of techniques capable of effecting a transition between past and... more

     

    In 1983, Brian Henderson published an article that examined various types of narrative structure in film, including flashbacks and flashforwards. After analyzing a whole spectrum of techniques capable of effecting a transition between past and present – blurs, fades, dissolves, and so on – he concluded: "Our discussions indicate that cinema has not (yet) developed the complexity of tense structures found in literary works". His "yet" (in parentheses) was an instance of laudable caution, as very soon – in some ten–fifteen years – the situation would change drastically, and temporal twists would become a trademark of a new genre that has not (yet) acquired a standardized name: "modular narratives", "puzzle films", and "complex films" are among the labels used.

     

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    Source: CompaRe
    Language: English
    Media type: Working paper
    Format: Online
    DDC Categories: 790; 800
    : Stanford Literary Lab
    Subjects: Filmtheorie; Zeitraffer; Zeitlupe; Zeitumkehr; Zeitperspektive
    Rights: Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen