Fractal films and the architecture of complexity

W Everett

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Within the postmodern understanding of the centrality of space to filmic narrative, it is now possible to discern new developments that reflect both the contradictory tensions of globalization, and the widespread obsession with theories of chaos, chance, and networks. Nowhere are these changes more acutely revealed than in 'fractal' films, filmic portrayals of urban space which no longer conforms to the linear mappings of modernity, but is posited as both entirely random and yet, at the same time, structured by complexity, simultaneity, and violent encounters. This article identifies a number of key issues within this new perception of urban geometry, and investigates their considerable significance for contemporary European cinema, with specific reference to the articulation of filmic space and the fragmentation of narrative form.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159--171
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in European Cinema
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


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