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Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Part One: Problematic Protagonists 25
Chapter 1: The Ambivalent Protagonist in Stranger Than Paradise 27
Chapter 2: The Passive Protagonist in Safe 46
Chapter 3: Shifting Protagonists in Fargo 65
Part Two: Multiple-Plot Films 85
Chapter 4: Multiple Plots and Subplots in Trust 87
Chapter 5: Shifting Goals and Plotlines in Gas Food Lodging 105
Chapter 6: The Ensemble Structure of Me and You and Everyone We Know 123
Part Three: Temporal Structures 141
Chapter 7: The Flashback Structure of Reservoir Dogs 143
Chapter 8: The Temporal Complexity of Elephant 162
Chapter 9: Memento as Puzzle Film 180
Part Four: Noncausal Structures 199
Chapter 10: Dream Logic and Mulholland Dr. 201
Chapter 11: Free Association and Gummo 220
Chapter 12: The Character-Based Structure of Slacker 238
     
Conclusion 257
Notes 267
Bibliography 281
Index 285
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