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Before the Rain - After the War?
Gotland University, School of the Humanities and Social Science.
2000 (English)In: Rethinking history, ISSN 1364-2529, E-ISSN 1470-1154, Vol. 4, no 2, 175-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The essay analyses the structure of Before the Rain and argues that its narration can be seen as a visual presentation of the problematic relationship between realism and temporality. The film is composed in a different way than is conventional in mainstream filmmaking. Instead of letting the plot coincide with the story in order to create realist diegesis that obeys chronology, Before the Rain allows the plot to break up the chronology. The difference between this film and, for example, Saving Private Ryan , is that the latter attempts to create a realist diegesis in which the viewers perceive a dramatic event without reflecting the fact that they are watching a movie, while in the former film the audience is made aware that it is watching a movie. The former film aims to visualize an existential problem, which the latter one tries to suppress. This condition is underlined by the semi-circular narration of the film.

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Taylor & Francis, 2000. Vol. 4, no 2, 175-182 p.
Keyword [en]
Film, History, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Balkan War, Milcho Manchevski, Before the Rain
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Humanities Studies on Film
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1412DOI: 10.1080/13642520050074812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1412DiVA: diva2:527130
Available from: 2012-05-21 Created: 2012-05-16 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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