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I'll get Flowers of War soon then.
You have the same problem you have with your one-sided views on movies. The reason why you won't see the beauty in the beast... (Ex: 50/50, Pan's Labyrinth, Coens, The Tree of Life, and the late A Separation)
Here is the same shit. You're one sided and everything that matters for you is the definition of the word. You're too rigid when it comes to analysis which is a shame actually.
Non-linear elements could be part of a linear storytelling which doesn't make the whole movie non-linear. We're talking about MOVIES here. Film making and film writing.
These are issues that people smarter than you and me went through hours and hours of analysis to come to the conclusion that film writing is different and that there are some rules in this world that don't apply to everything in the same way because it's impossible. They also accepted the idea that "non-linear elements could be part of linear storytelling"... Funny thing is... I came to the same conclusion because it makes sense. Let's move on Vader.
It's still a touchy subject. Memento had a shattered chronological order that was reassembled into something very linear, despite part of it being in reverse. Reverse here meaning just another line going in the other direction. Constructing the story would resemble something like creating a diagram of the wormhole shortcut between two points in time and space as in bending/folding a sheet of paper to connect two dots and still it's linear. However anything that one can't put into a linear construct as in 'systemized chronology with a direction even if it's two opposing directions' isn't linear.
RIFA wrote:Flashbacks are usually inserted as transitions or to enhance a character or a situation into the story. That is barely non-linear narrative. Technically it is, but so is describing a dream, a past thought or a premonition. But dreams and premonitions aren't non-linear. So if the auteur, director, writer, decides to give later a resume, or insert a character or a situation by telling something that we didn't know then that's still linear writing. Therefore, in this context, Batman Begins has a linear storytelling. Memento is non-linear. The Prestige is non-linear. Eternal Sunshime, Michael Clayton or Atonement... are not linear.