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Memory as a Narrative Device and form of Expression

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. – beaublue 4 years 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. – JuliaMuntoni 3 years ago