Memory Maps and City Space

Isabelle Mcneill

in Memory and the Moving Image

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671014 | DOI:
Memory Maps and City Space

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This chapter describes the urban architecture and space and its relation to memory and film's mnemonic role. Mimi investigates Nice as the site of an individual's memories, but cities are by definition inhabited by thousands. The filmed images of Nice can be seen to function, as a kind of intersubjective detour in memory, whereby Mimi's remembering process passes through the filmic city tour and final editing process of her friend. Immemory shows that the vast, interconnected space of contemporary media develops intertextual mnemonic spaces. Se souvenir des belles choses is a fiction film; unlike Mimi and Pola à 27 ans it avoids allowing the viewer to place the town as a specific location. The sheltered gardens of Claire's memory clinic, and Georges Laurent's rural family home in Caché also show the movements between the city and other types of place.

Keywords: urban architecture; space; memory; Mimi; Immemory; Pola à 27 ans; Se souvenir des belles choses; Caché; Georges Laurent; filmic city tour

Chapter.  18299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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