Chapter 7. Infernal affairs and the ethics of complex narrative

Cameron, Allen and Cubitt, Sean (2009) Chapter 7. Infernal affairs and the ethics of complex narrative. In, Buckland, Warren (eds.) Puzzle Films: Complex Narratives in Contemporary World Cinema. London, GB, Wiley-Blackwell, 151-166. (doi:10.1002/9781444305708.ch7).


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Typically, we hope for a film to become an agent, an Other with which we dialogue; but here the internal dedifferentiation of the characters spurs a second, external dedifferentiation. That 'Infernal Affairs' meets with such recognition as a popular success is due to a different order of truth: one that depicts epic, heroic, ethical failure as a characteristic quality of our times. That in passing it thus unveils the simplistic and truly ahistorical ethical principles of simple narrative is only a bonus.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/9781444305708.ch7
ISBNs: 9781405168625 (paperback)
1405168625 (paperback)
9781405168618 (hardback)
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 179887
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
18 March 2009Published
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2011 10:18
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:35

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