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The Cinema of Disorientation: Inviting Confusions

Dominic Lash


Perhaps because they are so immediately absorbing, narrative films can also be profoundly confusing and disorienting. This fascinating book neither proposes fool-proof methods for avoiding confusion, nor does it suggest that disorientation is always a virtue. Instead, it argues that the best way to come to terms with our confusion is to look closely at exactly what is confusing us, and why. At the heart of the book are original close readings of four important recent films: David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE (2006), Leos Carax's Holy Motors (2012), Pedro Costa's Colossal Youth (2006) and Jean-Luc God ... More

Keywords: confusion, disorientation, cinema, aesthetics, film criticism, film-philosophy, David Lynch, Leos Carax, Pedro Costa, Jean-Luc Godard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474462778
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Lash, author