Archive of films Memento / Memento

USA
2001, 113 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2001


Synopsis

The protagonist is thirty-year-old Leonard who is trying to find out who murdered his wife. The situation is complicated by the fact that while he can remember things that happened before the murder, he can’t recall what happened five minutes ago. Leonard knows about his disability and so he takes a camera with him everywhere he goes, writing down all his thoughts relating to the investigation. His body even serves the purpose as he has the most important observations tattooed onto it. As the story progresses it becomes more and more difficult to tell who is a friend and who a foe, who is a victim and who is the murderer. The only thing certain is that we know less and less as time goes by. The lapse in Leonard’s memory corresponds to the style of filming: Black-and-white images alternating with colour, flashbacks and repeated scenes work to create a kaleidoscope which forces the viewer to share in the same confusion and uncertainty as Leonard does.

About the director

Christopher Nolan (b. 1970, London) began shooting films as a boy with his father’s 8 mm camera. He continued to make films while studying English literature at University College London. One of his short films, Larceny, was shown at a festival in Cambridge, and another is the surrealistic Doodlebug. Filmography: Following (1998) and Memento (2001).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, podle povídky / based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan
Dir. of Photography: Wally Pfister
Music: David Julyan
Editor: Dody Dorn
Producer: Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
Production: Newmarket
Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Russ Fega, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harriet Sansom Harris, Thomas Lennon, Callum Keith Rennie, Kimberly Campbell, Marianne Muellerleile, Larry Holden,
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