So What Really Happened? <i>Memento</i>, Fans and Online Interpretive Strategies

Claire Molloy

in Memento

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637713
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671007 | DOI:
So What Really Happened? Memento, Fans and Online Interpretive Strategies

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This chapter explores the public discourse on Memento. It also examines how this developed within Internet communities. It then returns to the issue of categorising Memento as an independent film and explores the extent to which its independent status figured in its public reception and eventual success. Activity on Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is established by communal practices. Both critical and public responses to Memento unsurprisingly focused predominantly on the reverse ordered narrative. Memento was a mainstream film disguised as an indie, having high production values and a Hollywood feel that masqueraded as art house. This film is now recognised as an exemplification of twenty-first-century indie filmmaking. Christopher Nolan claimed to be a ‘mainstream director’ during the marketing of Memento and an ‘independent’ when filming Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Keywords: independent film; Memento; Internet; IMDb; Hollywood; indie filmmaking; Christopher Nolan

Chapter.  5521 words. 

Subjects: Film

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