Rhizomatic Time and Temporal Poetics in American Beauty

Jacqueline Furby

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    This essay deals with the temporality of film through an examination of narrative,
    structure and image in Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty (2000). Beyond Film
    Studies, temporality invites an interdisciplinary approach in that the study of time
    has traditionally been conducted within both the science and humanity faculties,
    being a focus of attention of both physical scientists and philosophers. Within Film
    Studies ideas around time and temporality have tended to emerge from discussions
    of narrative structure. Exceptions to this often purely narratological focus
    include Gilles Deleuze’s full-length philosophically-based studies of time in cinema.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationScreen Methods
    Subtitle of host publicationComparative Readings in Film Studies
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherWallflower Press
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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