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Moving PicturesA New Theory of Film Genres, Feelings, and Cognition$
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Torben Grodal

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159834.001.0001

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Metaframes as Emotion-Filters and Brackets

Metaframes as Emotion-Filters and Brackets

(p.209) 9 Metaframes as Emotion-Filters and Brackets
Moving Pictures

Torben Grodal

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses Godard's Pierrot le Fou, in order to show that changing the modal quality of the emotions is an important aspect of a metafictional laying-bare of devices. In recent decades, popular fiction has also used metafictional devices to an increasing degree, and special formulas, for example certain cartoons, have used metafiction for an even longer period. The chapter illustrates the way in which metafiction is used in popular fiction by analysing the episode, The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice, from the television series Moonlighting, and then discussing the emotional function of ‘cliché’. First, however, it expands earlier descriptions of the means by which a metaframe, an awareness of ‘extradiegetic’ and ‘metafictional’ phenomena, influences the viewer's cognitive and emotional relation to the narrative.

Keywords:   metafiction, Godard, Pierrot le Fou, emotions, popular fiction, extradiegetic motivation

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