As the term autobiographical would suggest the subject of these films are in essence the self. These films include personal stories and are 1st person subjective narratives. As Brooks states “an autobiographical film occurs when a director represents themselves either directly or indirectly on screen” p In the case of My Winnipeg the central character of Maddin is played by an actor Darcy Fehr and it is a fictionalisation or self-projection of Maddin. The film is however narrated by Maddin. In Caro Diario the main protagonist is played by the film’s director Moretti. The subject of both of these films is to give the viewer a glimpse of the private world of the protagonist by also objectively recording the historical and cultural world they live in. This can bee seen in the documentary style of both of these films as Lane states ‘At the core of this exploration lies a tension that hinges on the ...
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