Would Barton Fink fit.
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] Metafictional Movies
I'm searching for examples of a rather specific kind of "metafictional"
where a fictional narrative which either has been, or is in the process of
created (written) by one of the characters features directly in the film,
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
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
Endings" sequence in New York, New York offers another take on the
But I'm keen to accumulate further instances - suggestions gratefully
Thanks in advance, Barry
Dr Barry Langford
Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies
Royal Holloway, University of London
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