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    Does anyone know of any articles, theorists or films which would be good references for parallel narratives?

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    Super Moderator Country: UK batman's Avatar
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    Have you tried looking for yourself? It shouldn't be too difficult to find the type of information you require via google et al.

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    Little Dorrit (1988) comes to mind.
    Little Dorrit lasts 360 minutes and was released in two parts of approximately three hours each. The first part was subtitled Nobody's Fault, an allusion to one of Dickens' proposed titles for the original novel, and the story developed from the perspective and experiences of the Arthur Clennam character . The second film, entitled Little Dorrit's Story, took many of the same events and presented them through the eyes of the heroine. Together they represented overlapping chronicles.
    I watched it with a friend one Thanksgiving, having our roast beef dinner between each part. The only way to see it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIgwnz0zlUw

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    The Lawless Heart and TimeCode are obvious cinematic examples and I can think of a couple of plays performed at the National Theatre in recent years which fit. But to save us re-inventing the wheel, perhaps you could give us an idea of what you've found so far.

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    Obviously Rashomon is your template film for this one. Vantage Point with Dennis Quaid riffs this idea pretty well, too. I think Saw 4 also has plot that is parallel to Saw 3.

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    Clint Eastwood's back to back films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Moor Larkin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfgang View Post
    Clint Eastwood's back to back films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
    That is a fairly frequent idea in many war films I think, but within the same movie. Battle of Britain did it quite heavily where you see the two sides *preparing*; and I'm sure lots of others did this before it.

    There's always Groundhog Day of course...........

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    Just thought of another: Run Lola Run

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    The obvious Brit film:

    The Woman in Question (1950) - IMDb

    D.

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    Memento is the best example, some of the above films do not have parallel narratives but multiple narratives. Which isn't the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy_Lea View Post
    Memento is the best example, some of the above films do not have parallel narratives but multiple narratives. Which isn't the same thing.
    Since the original poster hasn't returned we may never know what he's actually looking for

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