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The bliss of an eternal deferral: The temporality of cinema in Cat’s Cradle

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Both despite and because of its numerous references to the act of passage, Cat’s Cradle by Liz Hughes presents a narrative that joyfully erases the cruelty of death. This article examines the metanarrative devices deployed by the film to create, through contrast, a sense of endless anticipation to a loss eternally deferred.

Keywords: cinema; closure; death; deferral; delay; time

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Purdue University

Publication date: 2013-10-01

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