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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 pp. 151-166. (doi:10.1002/9781444305708.ch7).

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Abstract

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.

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Published date: 18 March 2009

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Local EPrints ID: 179887
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/179887
ISBN: 9781405168625
PURE UUID: b53863b4-6aa3-4d34-ab05-ff353727cad9

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Date deposited: 08 Apr 2011 10:18
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:02

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Author: Allen Cameron
Author: Sean Cubitt
Editor: Warren Buckland

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