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September 1999, Week 4


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"Robert J. Winer" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 22 Sep 1999 23:08:26 EDT
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Film suggestions needed!
     I'm trying to put together a film series (in the context of the
millennium passing) which deals with the inevitability of time's arrow. Time
moves forward relentlessly, and what has been done can not be undone. But
certain films play with the fantasy that one can have a second chance to do
it right, by staging sequences in which the same event is replayed, with
progressively altered outcomes. The loss implicit in time's passage can thus
be denied. (The passing of the millennium, in contrast, presses us to bear
awareness of the passage of time.) Among recent films, "Groundhog Day" and
"Run Lola Run" have this structure. A variant of this are the films in which
alternative pathways are successively portrayed; the recent "Sliding Doors"
and Kieslowski's "Blind Chance" are examples of this form. (Less pertinent,
from the point of view of my interest, are films in which time is simply
bent, like "Before the Rain" and "Pulp Fiction." In these films the time
element is a less central issue.)
     I need probably five or six titles for my proposal, so I'd like to hear
of other films in which time sequences are repeated. Send me the title, and,
if possible, a very brief plot description.

Bob Winer

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