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Scott Andrew Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:33:57 -0400
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Some examples I can think of:

Crime Wave (John Paizs, 1985, aka The Big Crimewave)
Big Shot's Funeral
After Life is a stretch, but might be what you're after
Ditto Godard's Passion
For Ever Mozart
In Praise of Love
Vagabond might qualify, since it includes direct address.

Scott Andrew Hutchins [archive site; not currently active]

"Those who had been successful adapted themselves to the world around them, had bent their greater mental powers into the pattern of acceptable action.  And this dulled their usefulness, limited their capacity, hedged their ability with restrictions set up to fit less extraordinary people."  -- Clifford D. Simak, "Census" (1944)

---- Barry Langford <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> I'm searching for examples of a rather specific kind of "metafictional" movie: 
> where a fictional narrative which either has been, or is in the process of being 
> created (written) by one of the characters features directly in the film, i.e. as 
> an interpolated dramatised sequence, or sequences. I'm not after backstage 
> musicals or plays-within-films (e.g., Bullets Over Broadway, Shakespeare In 
> Love) but fictions whose dramatisation occurs so to speak extra-diegetically.
> I'd expect that the fiction-within-the-film would have some critical or 
> commentary relationship to the frame narrative. However, I'm not looking for 
> literary pastiches where a given fictive mode is adopted wholesale in a  
> narrative ostensibly centring on a writer identified with that mode (e.g. 
> Hammett), but texts where the boundary between reality and fiction remains 
> clear if porous.
> The writer who obviously and consistently explores the kind of thing I'm 
> interested is Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective, Karaoke, etc.). The "Happy 
> Endings" sequence in New York, New York offers another take on the principle. 
> But I'm keen to accumulate further instances - suggestions gratefully received.
> Thanks in advance, Barry
> Dr Barry Langford
> Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies
> Royal Holloway, University of London
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