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Impossible Puzzle Films

Author : Miklos Kiss
ISBN : 9781474406741
Genre : Performing Arts
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Narrative complexity is a trend in contemporary cinema. Since the late 1990s there has been a palpable increase in complex storytelling in movies. But how and why do complex movies create perplexity and confusion? How do we engage with these challenges? And what makes complex stories so attractive? By blending film studies, narrative theory and cognitive sciences, Kiss and Wilemsen look into the relation between complex storytelling and the mind. Analysing the effects that different complex narratives have on viewers, the book addresses how films like Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive and Primer strategically create complexity and confusion, using the specific category of the impossible puzzle film to examine movies that use baffling paradoxes, impossible loops, and unresolved ambiguities in their stories and storytelling. By looking at how these films play on our mind's blind spots, this innovative book explains their viewing effects in terms of the mental state of cognitive dissonance that they evoke.
Category: Performing Arts
Puzzling Stories
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: Steven Willemsen, Miklós Kiss
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-08-12 - Publisher: Berghahn Books

Many films and novels defy our ability to make sense of the plot. While puzzling storytelling, strange incongruities, inviting enigmas and persistent ambiguities have been central to the effects of many literary and cinematic traditions, a great deal of contemporary films and television series bring such qualities to the mainstream—but
Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism
Language: en
Pages: 255
Authors: Yitzhak Buxbaum
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-09-01 - Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated

'The purpose of this book is to elevate stories and storytelling in people's esteem, so they will understand their holiness and appreciate them at their full worth. There are those who enjoy stories and storytelling but in the back of their minds think, 'After all, they're only stories.'
Virginia Woolf and the Power of Story
Language: en
Pages: 228
Authors: Linda Nicole Blair
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-02-28 - Publisher: McFarland

From novels to films, our everyday lives are filled with stories that comfort and connect us and enable new ways of thinking. One of the most innovative writers in modern history, Virginia Woolf, changed the landscape of fiction and challenged our notions of what it means to be human. Her
Do Glaciers Listen?
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: Julie Cruikshank
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-10-01 - Publisher: UBC Press

Do Glaciers Listen? explores the conflicting depictions of glaciers to show how natural and cultural histories are objectively entangled in the Mount Saint Elias ranges. This rugged area, where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory now meet, underwent significant geophysical change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination
Language: en
Pages: 502
Authors: Amy Kind
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-22 - Publisher: Routledge

Imagination occupies a central place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, following a period of relative neglect there has been an explosion of interest in imagination in the past two decades as philosophers examine the role of imagination in debates about the mind and cognition, aesthetics and ethics, as