With films such as Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Marjorie Prime exploring the concept of memory and how they seemingly define us. I’d like to suggest a further investigation into the use of memory in film as a narrative tool. How have writers/directors effectively used this device to engage viewers. Are there consistencies within the more successful examples? How could we look to utilise memory as a concept in future films, or even other forms of media.
Does ‘Rememory’ fit into your vision of an investigation into the use of memory in film as a narrative tool? It’s a murder mystery, right? Seems to be right in the wheelhouse. – beaublue12 months ago
This is very fascinating and something I often ponder. Memory is fascinating, and for sure a powerful narrative device. That being said, I hate disingenuous memory representation; particularly in the subject of repressed memory and memories interconnectedness with mental health and mental illness. I feel that sometimes memory can be used as a gimmick or to add drama/thriller. Often portrayed unrealistically or not representative of actual experiences. It's a delicate tightrope to walk, but I believe the effectiveness comes from lived experience and rich stories about memories influence on lives. I agree with the examples you've mentioned- very powerful. Two movies came to my mind you didn't mention are Shutter Island and Moonlight. Particularly Moonlight, because it's rather avant-garde in using memory but deeply effective and moving. – JuliaMuntoni11 months ago