Broken time, continued evolution : anachronies in contemporary films

  • In 1983, Brian Henderson published an article that examined various types of narrative structure in film, including flashbacks and flashforwards. After analyzing a whole spectrum of techniques capable of effecting a transition between past and present – blurs, fades, dissolves, and so on – he concluded: "Our discussions indicate that cinema has not (yet) developed the complexity of tense structures found in literary works". His "yet" (in parentheses) was an instance of laudable caution, as very soon – in some ten–fifteen years – the situation would change drastically, and temporal twists would become a trademark of a new genre that has not (yet) acquired a standardized name: "modular narratives", "puzzle films", and "complex films" are among the labels used.

Download full text files

Export metadata

Additional Services

Share in Twitter Search Google Scholar
Author:Maria Kanatova, Alexandra Milyakina, Tatyana Pilipovec, Artjom Shelya, Oleg Sobchuk, Peeter Tinits
Parent Title (English):Stanford Literary Lab: Pamphlets ; 14
Series (Serial Number):Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab (14)
Publisher:Stanford Literary Lab
Place of publication:Stanford
Document Type:Working Paper
Year of Completion:2017
Year of first Publication:2017
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Creating Corporation:Stanford Literary Lab
Release Date:2018/11/22
GND Keyword:Filmtheorie; Zeitraffer; Zeitlupe; Zeitumkehr; Zeitperspektive
Page Number:22
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 790 Freizeitgestaltung, darstellende Künste, Sport
8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Stanford Literary Lab
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht