|Author||: Miklos Kiss|
|Publisher||: Edinburgh University Press|
|Total Pages||: 240|
|Rating||: 4/5 (734 Downloads)|
Download or read book Impossible Puzzle Films written by Miklos Kiss and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2017-04-28 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.