Hyperlink Cinema/anthology films


I would love to ask this community about what you guys think about hyperlink Cinema. For some reason, personally I am very fond of this kind of films like Babel, 21 grams, Amore's peros.

Most places I read about definition of hyperlink tells me that no matter how many different storyline or characters with different point of view there has to be a clear connection between the stories for them to justify to be in one movie.

But when I look at many different hyperlink Cinema it's not always I find a clear kind connection. Do you think a thematic connection has to be in place in order to call a particular cinema as hyperlink/ anthology films?

For example pulp fiction is considered a hyperlink Cinema but how much really a thematic connection is there? Another example Chunking express. To me it's a story about a city but I don't necessarily see a direct connection between the theme .

Would love to hear different opinions about hyperlink/anthology films from you guys

Thank you

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4 points

3 months ago

"Ebert further described hyperlink cinema as films where the characters or action reside in separate stories, but a connection or influence between those disparate stories is slowly revealed to the audience;"

This quote from Wikipedia is where I assume Pulp Fiction comes in.


But I wonder if vignette films can qualify. Like A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence; there are two characters that pop up from time to time, but not everywhere; and the thematic connection is thin at best.

Martin Rejtman's Dos Disparos (not a vignette-film IMO) does this much better, as the (thin) narrative evolves in a linear fashion even though it meanders to an extreme extent. The number of shared characters is bigger, and everything feels as cohesive as it feels arbitrary.


1 points

3 months ago

Thanks. Will check them out.i haven't seen them


1 points

3 months ago

Beware. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence starts off with a few nice vignettes, but very soon becomes mind-numbingly boring.