Brinker, Felix; Brasch, Ilka (2021):
"Opening Gambits: Cross-Media Self-Reflexivity and Audience Engagement in Serial Cinema, 1936-2008." Exploring Seriality on Screen: Audiovisual Narratives in Film and Television. Eds. Hudelet, Ariane; Crémieux, Anne. Abingdon: Routledge. 19-36. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies;.
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This article contrasts the opening sequences of cinematic serial narratives from the 1930s to the 21st century, taking a particular interest in their specific ‘politics of engagement,’ that is, in the ways these opening sequences articulate a film’s preferred mode of reception. These opening sequences establish the following films as parts of both chronologically told serial narratives and of more widely sprawling, ‘non-linear’ transmedial clusters, referencing comics or other media and making use of their particular aesthetics to self-identify as fragments of a larger series and to delineate trajectories for further serial engagement.