Open or closed?

Would you characterize Rashomon as "open" or "closed"? Do the characters appear to inhabit the same world as the audience or a world created for them? What elements of m-e-s would you point to to make either case? Did the way the film was shot create a sense of openness or closedness? How about the use of locations? Do we see anyone in the film who is not connected to the story in some way?

Jean-Do's space

One of the themes we picked up on in class is Jean-Do's ability or inability to make space and place in the ways that those he is in relationship to are able. It becomes easy to see him as an inactive presence, someone who does not participate in making space and place, but one who is acted upon.

In what ways is it possible to see Jean-Do as someone who does actively participate in the making of space and place?

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?

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?

Minds and bodies in THE MATRIX

Continue our discussion of mind/body relationships (or, as noted in class, relationships between mind and bodies - digital and "real"). How do the film makers use character bodies to signify differences in the space of the matrix and the space of the real? For you, what are the most effective devices used to show the relationship between mind, digital body, and material body? By the end of the film, how has Neo reconfigured that relationship to do things that no one else can do? By reference to the film text, can you offer an explanation for how or why he is able to do this?