The Mind-Game Film: Distributed Agency, Time Travel, and Productive Pathology

Thomas Elsaesser edited by Warren Buckland, Dana Polan, Seung-hoon Jeong

2021

Contents

The Mind-Game Film: Provenance of a Concept

Warren Buckland 

“Minding Hollywood”

Dana Polan 

Politicizing the Mind-Game Film

Seung-hoon Jeong 

1. On Mind-Game Films as Tipping Points: The Challenges of Cinema in the New Century

Thomas Elsaesser 

2. Too Late, Too Soon: Body, Time, and Agency

Thomas Elsaesser 

3. The Mind-Game Film

Thomas Elsaesser 

4. Time Travel Films: An Ethics of Redemption, Rescue, and Regret

Thomas Elsaesser 

5. The New Normal – Trauma as Successfully Failed Communication (NURSE BETTY 2000)

Thomas Elsaesser 

6. Saving Private Ryan

Thomas Elsaesser 

7. Philip K. Dick, the Mind-Game Film, and Retroactive Causality

Thomas Elsaesser 

8. Actions Have Consequences: Logics of the Mind-Game Film
in David Lynch’s Los Angeles Trilogy

Thomas Elsaesser 

9. Zero Dark Thirty: Genre Hybridization as (Parapractic)
Interference

Thomas Elsaesser 

10. Cinema and Games: Contingency as Our New Causality

Thomas Elsaesser 

11. Contingency, Causality, Complexity: Distributed Agency in
the Mind-Game Film

Thomas Elsaesser 

12. The History of the Present as Paranoid Mind-Game

Thomas Elsaesser