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National Identity in the Global City

David Martin-Jones

in Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622443
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651085 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622443.003.0004
National Identity in the Global City

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Sliding Doors (1997) and Run Lola Run (1998) were two of the most formally distinctive narratives to emerge in European cinema in the late 1990s. At first glance, both films could be said to express the labyrinthine conception of time characteristic of the time-image. On closer analysis, however, it is apparent that these time-images ‘caught in the act’ of becoming movement-images bear testament to the reterritorialising power of the movement-image. Both films play with the labyrinth, momentarily allowing it to appear and thereby acknowledging a moment of national transformation. Their multiple narratives demonstrate the time lag during which an ‘old’ version of national identity is replaced by a ‘new’ one. Despite their initial acknowledgement of the recent transformation in national identity caused by globalisation, the two films ultimately reterritorialise the myriad possibilities for change opened up by the double time of the nation with one unifying image of national identity.

Keywords: Sliding Doors; Run Lola Run; cinema; time-image; movement-image; globalisation; labyrinth; national identity; transformation

Chapter.  16015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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