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Agency and Masculinity in Alzheimer’s Disease: Cortex (2008) and The Memory of a Killer (2003)

  • Raquel Medina
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Abstract

This chapter investigates the French crime film Cortex and the Dutch thriller The Memory of a Killer, in which the main characters are male. Using an approach based on questions of masculinity, ageing, and agency, and drawing on discussions around masculinity in thrillers, crime films, and film noir, this chapter highlights the techniques used by these films to enable the viewer to experience the subjectivity of a person living with Alzheimer’s disease. It also shows how Alzheimer’s disease is employed as a device with which to create suspense. Finally, this chapter illustrates the notion of personhood emerging from these films.

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Filmography

  1. Cortex. Directed by Nicolas Boukhrief. France: Les Films du Worso, 2008.Google Scholar
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Directed by Miloš Forman. USA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1975.Google Scholar
  3. Remember. Directed by Atom Egoyan. Canada: Serendipity Point Films, 2015.Google Scholar
  4. Spectre. Directed by Sam Mendes. UK: B24, 2015.Google Scholar
  5. The Memory of a Killer. Directed by Erik Van Looy. Belgium: MMG Film & TV Production, 2003.Google Scholar
  6. Vertigo. Directed by Alfred J. Hitchcock. USA: Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, 1958.Google Scholar
  7. Welcome to Verona. Directed by Suzanne Osten. Denmark: Filmlance International AB, 2006.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Languages and Social SciencesAston UniversityBirminghamUK

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