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Copy of Film Studies Presentation - Memento

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Memento Introduction Narrative Structure Motifs Memory & Identity Conclusion Memory & Identity HKU SPACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Introduction to Film Studies First Semester 2012/13 Chan Fun Man, Teddy 10523947
Chan Zi Ki, Joyce 10488894
Fung Wai Ming, Wylie 10519450
So Hing Wah Adelaide 10519958
Tho Chi Ching Christine 10489080
Wan Lok Yan, Christie 10489267
Wong Tsz Chung, Clive 10519882 Memento
Memory & Identity Story Plot Short-term memory loss
Uses notes and tattoos
Killed his wife http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/ Director's Background Christopher Nolan Started made film at 7 with his parents’ encouragement

Much influenced by English Literature http://motion.kodak.com/motion/Publications/On_Film_Interviews/nolan(2).htm#ixzz2FPnZLjL0 Filmography 2012 The Dark Knight Rises  
2010 Inception  
2008 The Dark Knight  
2006 The Prestige  
2006 Cinema16: European Short Films (video short) (segment: Doodlebug)  
2005 Batman Begins  
2003 Cinema16: British Short Films (video short) (segment "Doodlebug" / 1997)  
2002 Insomnia  
2000 Memento  
1998 Following http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0634240/ He says…… ...I studied English Literature. I wasn't a very good student, but one thing I did get from it, while I was making films at the same time with the college film society, was that I started thinking about the narrative freedoms that authors had enjoyed for centuries and it seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well. Style of His Films Corresponding to Memento - Using non-linear timeline
- Having jump-cut to black

Character is an unreliable narrator
- Always has a recurring theme: Self-deception
“Do I lie to my self to be happy?”

i) Using Sammy Jackins’ story to cover his pastii) Creating ‘facts’ to give meaning to his life – killing others Memory Memory is unsalable and inconsistent
Memory helps to construct identity,

However, identity is important for everyone Narrative Structure Fragmented and non-linear narrative structure

Involved 2 timeline – 1)Black & White 2) Color
Color scenes are in reverse chronological order;
B/W scenes are in chorological order
Complex and innovative
Put the puzzle of Leonard’s murder together intelligently http://www.christophernolan.net/files/narrativeMementoSchmidt.pdf Limit our scope of thinking
Eg.1 Did he catch the right guy?
2 Teddy told him the truth or more lies to keep Leonard on Teddy’s side?
3 Is Leonard manipulating his own memories so he can live with himself and give meaning to his life? Function of Reversed Sequence of Color Scenes "Facts, not memories. That's how you investigate." Definition of memento:
An object or item that serves to remind one of a person, past event
Things that given, brought, etc and kept as a reminder Motifs in Memento Polaroids Notes Tattoos http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/memento Polaroids Indicate places, people and description
"Objective" beliefs or
Subjective beliefs Notes Reminder
Tattoo notes Tattoos Important message
Ultimate goal Reinforcing Meaning Symbolic of Memory
Constructing reality Distort of memory
Subjective reality Manipulation of memento Changes in Props Car License Plate Changes in Props Jimmy's Moustache Changes in Props Natalie's Handwriting Memory and Props Audience have different experience of watching film
Connect different fragmented clips together
Create meanings

They may not aware of those changes of props

Memory is unstable and not trust-worthy
Constructs subjective reality
Unstable Identity Chronological version Chronological version is available on Youtube

B/W scene ----------------- > Color scene
Before killing Jimmy ----------> Teddy telling Leonard the ‘turth’ of ‘He = Sammy’

The last color scene in the reverse order become the first color scene in chronological

Audience know very early in the film that:
1. Leonard is doing self-deception;
2. Natalie is lying to Leonard earlier than the reverse Influence on Audience Not positioned to ask the same questions as the reverse order version
Know more (Leonard’s past/Natalie) in the story-plot than Leonard
Less empathy on Leonard as cannot experiencing the short-term memory conditionless positioned to take side with Leonard.
But, Dominant Meaning remains unchanged Class: 01 Group 6 Lecturer: Lisa Lam Presentation Date: 19th December 2012 Style of His Films Corresponding to Memento Character suffered from psychological disorder- Leonard

Character insists on taking revenge for his lover – Leonard

Obsessive protagonist with a trouble past– Leonard
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