Friday, December 4, 2009

memento by christopher nolan, film and architecture appreciation

category: Architecture and Film

film index: 77

relationship with architecture:
the space and time sequencing of the film is important to study contemporary architecture, specially the non linearity of the sequences and the structure/ non structure of the film
study subject in:
"film+architecture" Course, Harvard Design School. (click HERE for syllabus)

film: Memento

director: Christopher Nolan
writers: Short story: Jonathan Nolan, Screenplay: Christopher Nolan
production: USA
release: March 16, 2001
playtime: 113 mins
visual: colour
Language: English
Genre: suspense
Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
size: 800 mb


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Memento is a 2000 psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan's short story "Memento Mori". It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a former insurance fraud investigator searching for the man he believes raped and killed his wife during a burglary. Leonard has anterograde amnesia, which he developed as a result of the severe head trauma during the attack on his wife. This renders his brain unable to store new memories. To cope with his condition, he maintains a system of notes, photographs, and tattoos to record information about himself and others, including his wife's killer.

This feature is often used to show the distinction between plot and story. The film's events unfold in two separate, alternating narratives—one in color, and the other in black and white. The black and white sections are told in chronological order, showing Leonard conversing with an anonymous phone caller in a motel room. Leonard's investigation is depicted in color sequences that are in reverse chronological order. As each sequence begins, the spectator is unaware of the preceding events, just like Leonard giving the viewer a sense of Lenny's confusion.

At the start of the film (end of the story) we are shown that he has just killed Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) for the crime based on information provided by Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss). By the film's end, the two narratives converge in a single sequence that begins as black and white and transforms into color during the development of a polaroid picture, and we get to see the investigation and the events that lead up to the death of Teddy.

Memento premiered on September 5, 2000 at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim and received a similar response when it was released in theaters on December 15, 2000. Critics especially praised its unique, nonlinear narrative structure and themes of memory, perception, grief, self-deception, and revenge. The film was successful at the box office and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Original Screenplay and Editing.

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The Special Edition DVD's menus are arranged as the following psychological tests. Highlighting certain objects will lead to special features.

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