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Me and You and "Memento" and "Fargo"


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Introduction; 1. The Ambivalent Protagonist - Stranger Than Paradise; 2. The Passive Protagonist - Safe; 3. Shifting Protagonists - Fargo; 4. Multiple Plots and Subplots - Trust; 5. Shifting Goals and Plotlines - Gas Food Lodging; 6. Ensemble Structure - Me and You and Everyone We Know; 7. Flashback Structure - Reservoir Dogs; 8. Temporal Complexity - Elephant; 9. Puzzle Film - Memento; 10. Dream Logic - Mulholland Dr; 11. Free Association - Gummo; 12. Character-based Structure - Slacker; Conclusion.

About the Author

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has been an independent filmmaker for nearly thirty-five years; his films have played at major international film festivals (New York, Edinburgh, Berlin, Florence, South Korea, Wellington, and Auckland) and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). He has taught film production and screenwriting for nearly thirty years.


"With J.J. Murphy's insightful look at American independent screenwriting [in] "Me and You and 'Memento' and 'Fargo' How Independent Screenplays Work"...Murphy focuses on independent cinema in clear, engaging prose, tracking how a series of seminal independent features were developed and written and his case studies include scripts and films by Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Allison Anders, Miranda July, David Lynch and Gus Van Sant.

Kathryn Millard, "Journal of Screenwriting" 1, 2 (May 2010)

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