Part of Memento’s charm lies in its ambiguity. Leonard Shelby is an unreliable protagonist and the supporting characters ultimately prove themselves to be untrustworthy. It seemed the deeper I dug in, the more I ran into dead ends. And I guess that’s when it clicked: The fractured narrative is no gimmick because it fits the content and theme. As an audience member, I found myself just as confused and disoriented as the protagonist. This is a film that cinema buffs, unlike Mr. Shelby, will remember for a long time.
Dan and I had the pleasure of discussing this film with screenwriter Christine Conradt. She provided some insightful commentary in what I believe is one of our best discussions yet. You can learn more about Christine by visiting her website, ChristineConradt.com.
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