Cinema and Narrative Complexity

Embodying the Fabula

Steffen Hven

Cinema and Narrative Complexity

Steffen Hven

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

260 pages | 3 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789462980778 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Since the mid-1990s, a number of films from international filmmakers have experimented with increasingly complicated narrative strategies—including such hits as Run, Lola, Run, 21 Grams, and Memento. This book sets those films, among others, in context with earlier works that tried new narrative approaches, including Stage Fright and Hiroshima, Mon Amour, to show how they reveal the limitations of most of our usual tools for analyzing film. In light of that, Steffen Hven argues for the deployment of an “embodied” reconfiguration of the cinematic experience, one that allows us to rethink such core constituents of narrative understanding as cognition, emotion, and affect.
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