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The Ambivalent Protagonist in Stranger Than Paradise

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...As the main agent of the narrative, the goal-driven protagonist is fundamental to classical storytelling. It is his or her aspirations and desires that will create the impetus for subsequent narrative actions. Without Leonard Shelby...

Shifting Protagonists in Fargo

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Ethan and Joel Coen’s debut feature, Blood Simple (1984), showed a unique ability to combine their particular brand of offbeat humor with a clever reworking of film noir, and their subsequent films have continued this penchant...

‘Now … where was I?’ Assembling Memento

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The edit Dody Dorn first encountered Chris Nolan in an elevator, on the way up to her meeting with him. She had met Memento’s newly appointed production designer Patti Podesta before, though never worked with her, and when the position...

Free Association and Gummo

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Atabloid look at the decay of a small Midwestern town and the dark underside of adolescence, Harmony Korine’s Gummo (1997) might be the most controversial American independent film of the 1990s. Not only does the film boldly ignore...

Shifting Goals and Plotlines in Gas Food Lodging

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Adapted from Richard Peck’s novel Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt, Allison Anders’s substantially reworked script for Gas Food Lodging (1992) mixes Southwestern regionalism with a strong female perspective in telling the story of three women—a...

Introduction

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...There is no doubt that most of the dullness of our movies is concocted in advance, in the so-called heads of the so-called scriptwriters. Not only the dullness: They also perpetuate the standard film constructions, dialogues, plots....

‘It’s beer o’clock. And I’m buying.’. The Critical Response

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The Making of MementoFade In:INT. Derelict House – Day [Colour Sequence]A Polaroid photograph, clasped between finger and thumb, showing a crude, crime-scene flash picture of a man’s body lying on a decaying wooden floor, a bloody mess...

‘Just get these clothes on.’ Dressing Memento

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The production design Greg Araki’s 1999 romantic comedy Splendor marked a move away from the bleak Generation-X films, like The Living End and The Doom Generation, which he had made his name with. Set around a contemporary love-triangle...

The Temporal Complexity of Elephant

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Jonas Mekas’s desire to shoot all screenwriters had to do with the fact that they “perpetuate the standard film constructions, dialogues, plot” by following “their textbooks of ‘good’ screenwriting.” Jonas Mekas, “Shoot the Screenwriters...

The Flashback Structure of Reservoir Dogs

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Quentin Tarantino has criticized the notion of cinema’s inherent linearity, arguing that he’s simply applying techniques of the novel to film. Rather than employing flashbacks, Tarantino claims to be reshuffling the sequence...