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Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema

Miklós Kiss and Steven Willemsen


Narrative complexity is a trend in contemporary cinema. Since the late 1990s there has been a palpable increase in complex storytelling in movies. But how and why do complex movies create perplexity and confusion? How do we engage with these challenges? And what makes complex stories so attractive? By blending film studies, narrative theory and cognitive sciences, Kiss and Willemsen look into the relation between complex storytelling and the mind. Analysing the effects that different complex narratives have on viewers, the book addresses how films like Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive or Primer ... More

Keywords: Film studies, Narrative theory, Contemporary film, Complex cinema, Puzzle film, Cognitive film theory, Cognitive narratology, Paradox

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474406727
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miklós Kiss, author
University of Groningen

Steven Willemsen, author
University of Groningen