2.32 – BEFORE SUNSET (2004) and Memory

The franchise continues with the 80-minute (check that out!) follow-up to Richard Linklater’s first film. We talk about meta-filmic cinema, how this film is like Berthold Brecht crossed with Arthur Miller, and why the film is a reflection on the process of creating memories.


This Week’s Watching
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017): Chris McKay, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis
MOANA (2016): Ron Clements, Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Recommendations
DODES’KA-DEN (1970): Akira Kurosawa, Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai
BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (1999): Jamie Babbit, Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall
DEAD POETS’ SOCIETY (1989): Peter Weir, Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke
MARY AND MAX (2009): Adam Elliot, Bethany Whitmore, Toni Collette
Footnotes
Firstly, an interesting introduction to meta-cinema: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Meta-Cinema. Secondly, here are links to the playwrights we mention this week, in an episode that looks more at dramatic than filmic convention: http://www.theatredatabase.com/20th_century/bertolt_brecht_001.html and http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-miller-9408335. Finally, here are a bunch of articles on the process of creating memories, that seemed particularly pertinent to this week’s discussion: http://www.human-memory.net/processes_encoding.htmlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-our-brains-make-memories-14466850/http://success.oregonstate.edu/learning/memory-process-four-fantastic-nutshells, and https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106094-building-blocks-of-memories-seen-in-brains-for-the-first-time.