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‘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...

‘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...

‘Do you have a pen?’ The Origin of the Film

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

...Memento Mori So we end at the beginning; the seed of an idea is always the hardest to trace, artists of any sort often reluctant to pinpoint their source of inspiration. Like many films, Memento ‘is based upon’ a literary source....

‘I have to believe in the world outside my own mind.’. Releasing 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 US release On 24 March 2000, the unthinkable happened: Memento was passed over. The Friday before Oscar weekend, three screenings were arranged in Los Angeles for distributors. Memento’s producers, Jennifer and Suzanne Todd, the sister...

‘Nice shot, Leibovitz!’ The Production

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 casting Time to take another step back in Memento’s production. The casting process began in earnest from an early stage. ‘It’s such a fascinating part of making movies,’ says Jennifer Todd. ‘How you come so close to making...

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...

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...