Lost Time: Blunt Head Trauma and Accident-Driven Cinema

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                                                                  Lost Time:
                                                     Blunt Head Trauma and
                                                     Accident-Driven Cinema


                                                                       René Thoreau Bruckner




                                                              On the one hand is the past that can nei-
                                                              ther be abolished nor forgotten, but from
                                                              which we can derive almost nothing that
                                                              will orient us in the present or help us to
                                                              imagine the futur
				
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Description: Traumatic Survivals2 The film Mulholland Drive (dir. David Lynch, 2001) begins with a spectacular automobile accident on the road that leads in and out of Hollywood.3 The crash scene is preceded only by an opening jitterbug montage and then a distinct but enigmatic shot of wrinkled sheets in a darkened bedroom, a location that will not become familiar until the end of the film. The other two links are (a) the 1860 stagecoach accident that gave Eadweard James Muyb ridge a near-fatal head injury and, many have suggested, seems to have turned him into the kind of boldly creative individual who could invent something momentous and new (moving pictures); and (b) the 1942 film Random Harvest (dir. Mervyn LeRoy), adapted to the screen from James Hilton's eponymous novel, in which a war veteran living in the fog of total amnesia is hit by an automobile and awakes with a case of total reverse amnesia.
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