But it's important to remember that this Gothic noir is dribbled out to us, largely in voice-over, in short black-and-white scenes in chronological order that alternate with the much more kinetic and confusing main backward story line, which is told in color. There are inconsistencies that are very hard to explain including Lenny remembering that the license plate is Fact 6. Teddy's trying to get rid of a criminal, make money, and help Leonard. The rhyming in these names perhaps represents a parallel between the two where both killed their wives, just by different means. First, we have the allowed physical cessation of short-term memory in the brain, which the film exploits. Teddy tells him that Jimmy was not the killer — and that he has already killed the killer.
Everyone has a purpose, and his is, well, to solve. Re-enact the story of John G, who broke into his appartment with a second guy. Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. He also said the memory is not perfect. Little details like him noticing that his knuckles hurt after Natalie tells him that Dodd beat her up but he intentionally dismisses it. But Teddy tells us that Leonard's nuts, and then there's that flash in which we see Leonard himself there.
The movie actually plays the scene like this: Opening Credit,1,V,2,U,3,T,4,S………. For one thing, watching him in chronological order you get a much better sense of just how shrewd he is. Also, the parallel between the names Lenny and Sammy strike me as interesting. How do you piece it all together with this understanding of how the movie worked? And of course there are all those other memories from the film that ended up on the cutting room floor. It was your wife who had diabetes.
The color sequences include a brief overlap to help clue the audience into the fact that they are being presented in reverse order. Lenny really does have a memory problem. I feel that if he indeed escaped the mental institution, the escape scene would be in the movie. Before deciding that the relatively unknown Guy Pearce would be more effective not to mention affordable in the role of the amnesia-stricken Leonard, Nolan considered some big-name actors like Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen, and Thomas Jane for the part. Am I missing something in the logic? Then who raped leos wife? Or changing gears, consider the most controversial scene by far in the movie.
The other points you make about Dodd not realizing Lenny was in his apartment are also interesting, however I do not have an alternative explanation for that. Now to the study of Sammy Jankis. How does he remember that he can't create new long term memories, knowing that he could only know that after the loss of his memory? By saying Sammy it is a quick way to piss Lenny off before he dies getting the last word. One scene in particular sticks out in my mind. The Sammy Jankis business is a dreamy conflation of a real story with events from Leonard's own marriage, events so horrifying and guilt-causing that Leonard has had to project them onto someone else -- poor, hapless Sammy Jankis. I think that there was since Teddy and Lenny both agree to it.
He somehow managed to project part of his life into his Sam's memory. So, we assume that the other clues lead to other guys, one per clue. Teddy has found it easier to manipulate him than to run from him. It seems the second runs undiagnosed in the film. Sammy is only there as a reminder to live his life more intelligently than Sammy did.
Pantoliano returned to the set late in the second week to continue filming his scenes. Furthermore it seems that insuline is an important part of the story. On September 25, the crew shot the opening scene in which Leonard kills Teddy. Although Jimmy may have met Lenny only very casually. Other considered actors included who would later work with Nolan on and , but the role went to , who impressed Nolan the most. He had nothing to do with Lenny.
He thinks the man chasing him is Dodd. How could he possibly kill his wife accidentally while being physically stable. Teddy knows where Leonard is staying. Memory can change the shape of a room or the colour of a car. By seeing tattoos that his wife was murdered etc, every time he wakes up. In the original cut, it is probably the third or fourth color sequence, but it comes near the end of the chronological film.
On the other hand, what's the point of a good movie about memory if you don't leave a few things up for grabs? I believe that Lenny and Sammy are the same person. Basically, it is the opening credit. Sammy was never faking his condition; Sammy's wife believes that he can eventually recover from his illness. The recreation of the crime scene by Leonard to fool his mind, the 3 female leads in the film all being incarnations of Leonard's wife is something I'm partially convinced of also. When asked about the film's outcome, he goes on about ambiguity and subjectivity, but insists he knows the movie's Truth -- who's good, who's bad, who can be trusted and who can't -- and insists that close viewing will reveal all. That's where Leonard comes in, his wife calls the insurance company, and he notices that Sammy can only do complicated tasks as long as he knew them before the accident. What is beautifully clever here is that black-and-white scene 22, the last sequence in the film, almost imperceptibly slips into color and, in an almost vertiginous intellectual loop, becomes in real-world order scene A, the first of the color scenes: This then serves as the link between the forward progression of black-and-white material and the backwardly presented color stuff.
Another difference--the part of the chronological film that I did get on the Toshiba had color still shots inbetween each black and white scene, whereas the laptop just played the scenes with no interruptions. It's unclear whether or not Natalie knows John Gamel is the Teddy who is responsible for her husband's death. Knowing from his notes that his run-in with Dodd had something to do with Natalie, the agitated Leonard goes back to her place, demanding an explanation. The pissed-off Leonard decides to manipulate himself, setting up Teddy as his next suspect; he writes himself a note, identifying Teddy's license-plate number as belonging to his wife's killer. Afterwards Lenny then pushed blame away by associating the memory with either a fake client named Sammy or real. Opening Credit 00:00-2:34 This scene is not a new scene.