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David Neo <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 13 Apr 2008 04:21:06 +0000
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Have you considered Emir Kusturica's films?

> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 11:13:26 -0500
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> Subject: [SCREEN-L] Metafictional Movies
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> 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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