Violating Time: History, Memory, and Nostalgia in Cinema Christina Lee Editor
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Violating Time explores 'time' as a defining factor influencing our experiences and knowledge of events. Employing the metaphor of cinema as time machine, the book discusses the narrative and aesthetic possibilities opened up by disruptions to linear temporal logic. The authors investigate how tactical remembering and forgetting can destabilize narratives to create new geographies of time and space which can, quite literally, alter the course of history. Violating Time draws from a spectrum of genres such as documentary, historic recreations, and science-fiction. It argues that fictional and non-fictional representations of the past and projections of the future are not isolated commentaries of yesterday or tomorrow. Rather, they evoke our current cultural preoccupations; whether it is skepticism of nostalgia, the desire to rewrite history and travel through time, or post-millennial fears of disappearing memories and loss of identity. The book includes analyses of such films as The Filth and the Fury, All The President's Men, Run Lola Run, The Royal Tenenbaums, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Donnie Darko, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and 2046.


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