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Claire Molloy


Ambiguous, complex and innovative, Christopher Nolan's Memento has intrigued audiences and critics since the day of its release. Memento is the archetypal ‘puzzle film’, a noir thriller about a man with short-term memory loss seemingly seeking revenge for the death of his wife but finding it increasingly difficult to navigate through the facts. Truth, memory and identity are all questioned in a film that refuses to give easy answers or to adhere to some of the fundamental rules of classical filmmaking as the film makes use of some audacious stylistic and narrative choices, including a unique ( ... More

Keywords: Christopher Nolan, Memento, puzzle film, noir thriller, memory loss, truth, identity, American cinema, independent film, arthouse cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637713
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Molloy, author