KEY OBSESSIONS: REVENGE/ IDENTITY/ THE TRUTH.
92% fresh on Rottentomatoes: "Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread."
Nominated for the Oscar for best screenplay and hailed by the BBC as one of the 21st Century’s greatest films, Memento also announced director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) onto the global film scene. This study of obsessive revenge uses a tantalising 'backwards vs forwards' twin narrative structure to get us into the mindset of a man who has no memory following the assault that left his wife dead and he himself with brain damage. Since Leonard (Guy Pearce) is unable to remember anybody he has met or anything he has learned since the attack, he obsessively takes Polaroids and captions them accordingly, whilst tattooing key information onto his body. But even if Leonard succeeds in gaining revenge on the person responsible for the attack, he might not remember it. And what if he is being manipulated by those who know to exploit his condition?
Our screening of Memento will feature and introduction and Q&A looking at Nolan’s exploration of obsession with Professor Will Brooker, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University.
Deptford Cinema’s CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS Season has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery. Film Hub Midlands supports people to watch, show, and make films in the Midlands. The season is part of the nationwide Film Feels campaign; a curated campaign launching in summer 2019 across the UK, designed to celebrate film's unique ability to transport us, to illuminate ideas, and to spark a conversation. See more at filmfeels.co.uk.
Those of us who are obsessive about cinema know full well that the medium allows us to delve into our deepest desires and obsessions; the joy and community to be found in pursuing your passion, as well as the cautionary tales that obsessive behaviour can bring. This year the nationwide Film Feels campaign explores cinematic obsessions- from auteurs to oddballs, imitation to identity theft, Stalkers to Stans, this theme offers a rich feast of genres, icons and subtext for audiences to sink their teeth into.
dir. Christopher Nolan
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