November 12, 2008


Recursion in films

In Madhur Bhandarkar's new film Fashion, they show a party when Bhandarkar himself is present and couple of models discuss about how he is researching for his film "Fashion." This recursion on hand is cool and brazen at the same time.

In Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" a self-referential pattern follows. Michael Caine describes it in the film as follows:
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"."

The film follows same pattern of three acts.

Well, I'm not sure, if fractals is better analogy as the bigger components are made of similar looking smaller components.


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