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Date of Award

4-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

School of Communication

First Advisor

John P. McHale

Abstract

This study investigated how Christopher Nolan creates and uses strategic ambiguity in two of his films, The Prestige (2006) and Inception (2010). To do so, I studied these films through the lens of film semiotics and narrative theory while using a constant comparative analysis to identify and compare techniques Nolan utilizes. The study found that Nolan uses similar techniques across both films: editing, narrative disorder, narrative gaps, ambiguous language, illogic, twists, and recurring motifs. However, the techniques in The Prestige are used to create moral ambiguity and a twist that resolves the narrative. The techniques in Inception are used to create narrative ambiguity and an ending that creates polysemic readings of the film. Implications and future research suggestions are also discussed.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Ruiz_ilstu_0092N_11427.pdf

DOI

http://doi.org/10.30707/ETD2019.Ruiz.I

Page Count

91

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