Tourism in the 4th Dimension: Parallel Realities and Time Loops in Cinema
The concept of time travel has been a staple in literary Science Fiction since H.G. Wells, and naturally this interest has carried over to cinema. For this lecture, different theories of time travel will be presented and we will discuss two seminal papers on time travel – namely, David Lewis’ The Paradoxes of Time Travel and Theodore Sider’s Time Travel, Coincidences and Counterfactuals. Using these theories of time travel, we will analyze its use in films like Back to The Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis), 12 Monkeys (1995, Terry Gilliam), Donnie Darko (2001, Richard Kelly), Primer (2004, Shane Carruth), La Jetée (1962, Chris Marker) and, most recently, Looper (2012, Rian Johnson). In addition, we will discuss film and photography as a metaphor for time travel.