Cinematic precedents

August 28, 2008

In all of these movies, plot points are picked up on second watching. Some of them provide the audience with different versions of the narrative. This is especially true in Rashomon, where a murder is retold 6 times (twice by the same character). Each time the story gives the audience a different perspective of the murder. In films like Nashville, Stardust Memories, and Pulp Fiction, audience members will better understand subtleties in the narrative after multiple viewings. Films like Three Women and Mulholland Drive have narratives that are difficult to grasp after one (or even two) viewings. Ghost stories like The Others, Carnival of Souls, and Lady In White (and slasher film, Sleepaway Camp) will also make more sense the the audience upon a second viewing.

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