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									Framed Time
Cinema and Modernity

Author: Garrett Stewart
Table of Contents

ForewordsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: On Optical Allusion 11. Lexeme to Pixel: An Experiment in
NarratographyThe Golden Bowl The House of Mirth Citizen Kane2. Trick Beginnings and the European
UncannyMemento Insomnia Run Lola Run Three Colors: BlueThree Colors: Red The Double Life of
Veronique The Red SquirrelLovers of the Arctic Circle Time Regained Simon the MagicianHeaven
Swimming Pool3. Out of Body in HollywoodThe Matrix Dark City The Manchurian Candidate Abre Los
OjosVanilla Sky A.I. Artificial Intelligence The Sixth Sense The OthersJacob’s Ladder Adaptation Identity
One Hour Photo4. TemportationParis Qui Dort Johnny Mnemonic Frequency He Loves Me, He Loves Me
Not Donnie Darko The Thirteenth Floor Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The Butterfly Effect 2001:
A Space Odyssey Being John Malkovich5. VR from Cimnemonics to DigitimeThe Forgotten City of Lost

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni claimed, three decades ago, that different conceptions of time
helped define the split in film between European humanism and American science fiction. And as Garrett
Stewart argues here, this transatlantic division has persisted since cinema’s 1995 centenary, made more
complex by the digital technology that has detached movies from their dependence on the sequential
frames of the celluloid strip.Brilliantly interpreting dozens of recent films—from Being John Malkovich,
Donnie Darko, and The Sixth Sense to La mala educación and Caché —Stewart investigates how their
treatments of time reflect the change in media from film’s original rolling reel to today’s digital pixel. He
goes on to show—with 140 stills—how American and European narratives confront this shift differently:
while Hollywood movies tend to revolve around ghostly afterlives, psychotic doubles, or violent time travel,
their European counterparts more often feature second sight, erotic telepathy, or spectral memory.
Stewart questions why these recent plots, in exploring temporality, gravitate toward either supernatural or
uncanny apparitions rather than themes of digital simulation. In doing so, he provocatively continues the
project he began with Between Film and Screen, breaking new ground in visual studies, cinema history,
and media theory.
Author Bio
Garrett Stewart
Garrett Stewart is the James O. Freedman Professor of Letters in the English Department at the
University of Iowa. He is the author of several books, including Between Film and Screen, and most
recently, The Look of Reading, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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