'A NEVER-ENDING FLASHBACK': time, space and narrative in Anne McGuire's 'Strain Andromeda The'

Austin, Thomas (2006) 'A NEVER-ENDING FLASHBACK': time, space and narrative in Anne McGuire's 'Strain Andromeda The'. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 4 (2). pp. 131-146. ISSN 1740-0309

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Abstract

This paper revisits influential theorisations of narrative and narration in dominant film form via an exploration of video artist Anne McGuire's 'back-to-front' re-edit of the virus from outer space thriller The Andromeda Strain (original 1971, re-edit 1992). In the process I both apply theories of filmic narration and point to some of their limitations. I argue that the 're-versioning' of the original film derails and thus foregrounds habitual processes of spectatorship, in part by inverting the cause and effect logic of conventional narrative film. I also explore how McGuire's experiment draws attention to significant non-narrative elements and pleasures that are present in the original version, but risk being overlooked by modes of analysis that prioritise narrational mechanisms and procedures.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Thomas Austin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:43
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 12:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21932
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