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Three Monkeys (2008): oblivion, anamnesis and the latent spectrality of hope

Hammond, CA (2018) Three Monkeys (2008): oblivion, anamnesis and the latent spectrality of hope. Culture and Religion, 20. ISSN 0143-8301

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Abstract

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s films evoke landscapes, characters and themes of undisclosed longing; with provocative situations of desperation and stranded existences, Ceylanian trysts, landscapes and human encounters also tend to be tinged with the fleeting hue of nostalgic daydream, and the lustre of unspoken aches. So often in Ceylan’s films what is most important goes unsaid, and remains unsayable; with the open ciphers of lonely wanderers, something from beyond the images and dialogue of the films stirs. Three Monkeys (Üç Maymun) starts with a night sequence in which a lone man drives along an unlit and isolated road; he hits something – a human being. With this, Servet, an ambitious politician, takes the decision to drive away and leave the body. This self-interested decision kick-starts a sequence of events which soon implicates the lives and familial relationships of Servet’s driver Eyüp. This paper explores, analyses and discusses the characters and narrative of Ceylan’s Three Monkeys, using the philosophical frameworks of Ernst Bloch, Marc Augé and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Culture and Religion on 31/07/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14755610.2018.1500382
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2002 Cultural Studies, 2204 Religion And Religious Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2018 08:35
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 16:07
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14755610.2018.1500382
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9076

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