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Montage sequences for diagnosis
by Critical Commons Manager `

The trope of viewing a cinematic montage as a diagnostic or therapeutic tool appears in numerous films including such disparate works as The Parallax View (1974), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Game (1997). In all cases, the viewing subjects are connected to biofeedback or neurofeedback mechanisms that record physiological or neurological responses. A parallel, non-cinematic procedure is followed in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), where functional MRI imaging is used to map the location of memories in the brain in order to later eradicate the memories themselves in order to get over a failed relationship.

This Commentary is related to the following Clips:
Parallax View neurocinematics montage by Alan Pakula (1974) A montage of iconic imagery is used to diagnose psychopathic tendencies in Parallax View
Eternal Sunshine memory erasure by Michel Gondry (2004) Jim Carrey undergoes a procedure for erasing Kate Winslet from his memory in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind
The Game diagnostic by David Fincher (1997) Michael Douglas takes a series of physical, emotional and psychological tests as preparation for the start of his "game"
Clockwork Orange cinematic aversion therapy by Stanley Kubrick (1971) Cinema is used for violence aversion therapy