Inception

Comparing novel spaces

Think some more about how the memory space in Eternal Sunshine can be related to either the full scale digital space in The Matrix and the shared dream space in Inception. Are the "patients" in Eternal Sunshine more like the self-aware agents in the matrix or the subjects of Cobb's team's shared dreams? Are the Lacuna techs & Howard like the Dreamer/Architect in Inception? Is the relationship between material space and memory space more like that between the "real world" and the matrix or that between material space and dream space in Inception? Do the movies have signs in common to show these relationships?


INCEPTION infographics

We did not get to discuss this question from the preview last night, so I am opening the topic up here:

Keywords: place, space. Before the film, glance at the infographics for the inception dream shown here. After the film, take  closer look. Which graphic gives you the best sense of the space of the dream and why? How do the graphics address mind/body relationships and the orientation of minds and bodies in relation to the dream? In the film, how is editing used to construct the time and space of the dream? Which of the graphics most closely shows that time and space as you see it?


Shared dream space

Continuing our discussion from last night, what did you notice about how the space of shared dreams work in Inception? What is the nature of the relationship between dreamer and subject? And between both and others sharing a dream? What is the relationship between mind, body, one's body in the dream and things in the dream, like bullets, buildings, vehicles? What are the physics of the dream space? What are the relationships between the places of the material world, the shared dream, and dreams within dreams?

Does it help to think in terms of comparing the space of shared dreams with the space of the matrix? Were there moments during the screening of Inception when you found yourself referencing The Matrix to make sense out of what you were watching?


Auteurism, MEMENTO & INCEPTION

Chapter 1 of Edgar-Hunt provides a brief introduction to auteur theory (see page 16). Within this framework, the director is seen to be the "author" of a film (or should be seen as the author). And as authors, the works of different directors can be distinguished by recurring elements or devices, which may be narrative or visual or in the use of sound (as with Robert Altman, see page 168), any point where a specific choice has to be made about what and how to make a film where those choices can be seen as indicative of a director's body of work.

Memento and Inception were both directed by Christopher Nolan. What markers of his "auteurship" can you find in those films? One interpretation of auteur theory is that only certain directors rise to the level of "author" (this view is implied by the text). Do Memento and Inception work to qualify Nolan as an "auteurist" director? Feel free to discuss his other films, too. 


Preview for INCEPTION

Here are keywords and questions to think about while watching Inception.

  1. Keyword: the body. What is the relationship between a character's body while entering someone else's dream and their mind? How is this relationship signified? What has to happen to the body when entering someone else's dream? What risks are suggested for entering someone else's dream? How are these  risks signified? How does the mind/body relationship compare to the one suggested in The Matrix?
  2. Keyword: space, place, trace. What do dreams look like in the film? How is dream space different from material space? How are these differences shown? What role does "place" have in dream space? Can dream space and material space be thought of as contrasting forms of place? What are the traces that mark or signify the boundaries between the two? How does the film use the characters of Cobb and Mal to explore this question? Is that use similar to the use of Cypher in The Matrix?
  3. Keyword: place, space. Before the film, glance at the infographics for the inception dream shown here. After the film, take  closer look. Which graphic gives you the best sense of the space of the dream and why? How do the graphics address mind/body relationships and the orientation of minds and bodies in relation to the dream? In the film, how is editing used to construct the time and space of the dream? Which of the graphics most closely shows that time and space as you see it?