Cinematic Time-Space

Cedric vanEenoo


Time and space have a unique application in cinema. The rules of common sense do not necessarily apply, and to some extent, the laws of physics are transgressed. Cinematic narratives frequently employ non-linear constructions, exploring and manipulating the connection between storytelling and chronology, to distort the perception of time. On the other hand, place offers a space for the story to develop. Locations in film can figure a character, support plot development, or be entirely fictitious. Additionally, a closer look at the notion of chronology and meaning finds a broader sense in the notion of the time-image by philosopher Gilles Deleuze, whose premise is the infusion of time within a picture. Furthermore, based on the principles of physics, time and space are intricately linked. In this study, the examination of cinematic space and time through a selection of independent and mainstream movies aims to identify creative possibilities of storytelling for film.

Keywords: Cinema, Time, Space, Narrative, Storytelling, Film

DOI: 10.7176/NMMC/82-02

Publication date: August 31st 2019

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