Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema by Miklos KissImpossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema by Miklos Kiss

Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema

byMiklos Kiss, Steven Willemsen

Hardcover | January 15, 2017

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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 soattractive? 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 Driveand 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 blindspots, this innovative book explains their viewing effects in terms of the mental state of cognitive dissonance that they evoke.
Miklos Kiss is Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Steven Willemsen is a PhD-candidate and Junior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
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Title:Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex CinemaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1474406726

ISBN - 13:9781474406727

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