A complicated story which demands the viewer’s complete attention, the aforementioned movie revolves around Joel, a man stuck with a repetitive life until he meets the spontaneous, care-free Clementine. Their relationship soon takes an ugly turn, which is when Clementine decides to completely remove Joel from her memory, and to take revenge Joel decides to remove her from his memory as well. But the funny part here is, that we tend to remember more of the good memories than the bad ones. Joel, in mid-process decides to keep Clementine’s memory after all. He tries to save some of her memories hidden in the corners but the process was adamant.
During the course of the film, which moves dizzyingly, forward and backward in time shows different aspects of their relationship. The movie shows the constant need of love, attention and companionship that human keeps seeking.
The film ‘An occurrence at the owl creek bridge’ directed by Ambrose Bierce is a film which uses distortion of time to create a convincing set of realistic circumstances and establishes an atmosphere of harsh intensity.
The film begins with the criminal, Peyton Farquhar in the hanging process, few soldiers being the witness of the execution taking place on a bridge above a swift-flowing river, where he stands with his hands and legs tied. When Peyton realises the reality of his death of being so close, he gets flashbacks of his family, of his happier days. He then fantasises about his escape, a long one, where he manages to untie himself in the river and run back to his family. The passage of time twisted so skilfully between reality and Peyton’s imagination in the movie, convinces the viewer of the character’s happy ending, but it only created a climax for the movie, leaving the audience overwhelmed.
Relativity is just a method for two people to agree on what they see if one of them is moving. There is no such thing as absolute motion since objects move relative to each other. The earth, sun and galaxy are constantly in motion therefore nothing is at absolute motion. If you were travelling in a car on a smooth straight stretch of highway, there would be no sensation of motion, because relative to the car you are not moving. But this happens only if it does not change direction or speed.
An example to understand the above theory:
Imagine A and B are travelling in a train at a certain uniform speed. The train relative to the outside environment is in motion. A and B sitting inside observe each other as stationary as both A and B and the train are moving at the same speed. Hence, relative to the train, A and B are stationary. Let’s consider that now A has gotten off the train, and he observes the train moving across front of him. Now A is stationary and relative to A, B is moving with he same speed as the train.
General Theory of Relativity:
Einstein prefers to think of space and time as one entity. He called it spacetime.
-Time slows down for objects travelling close to the speed of light.
-Time becomes faster for objects travelling much slower than the speed of light and
-Time stops all together for the objects traveling at the speed of light
Einstein realised that the special theory of relativity only worked for circumstances when things moved at constant speeds through the universe. He theorised that objects warped space time around it, causing it become curved and as a result objects experienced gravitational attraction to each other. This warping of spacetime explains how objects behave as they move through space
We hear sounds, see colours, feel textures and it’s certain that all of these are perceived by our sense. But how do we do know that time is actually passing by? We can’t see it, hear it, touch it or feel it, hence it’s definite that none of the senses are used to perceive time.
Time is experienced subjectively. Without change or difference there is no notion of time. We wouldn’t realise if time is passing by if there were no succession of events or activities taking place. For e.g. – Changing of the sun’s position makes us realise how much time has gone by. It’s a man-made concept and is said to be only for practical purpose or experience. Depending on who we are and what we are experiencing, the speed of time varies for each one of us. For e.g.- A child feels that time is passing by really fast when he/she’s having a great time with their friends but the same child would feel that time is taking years and years to pass by when they’re bored in a lecture.
We segregate time in three phases that is the past, present and future. The sense of ‘now’ makes us feel that past has already happened and is fixed where as future hasn’t occurred yet and that none of them are real. But physics teaches us something really remarkable, which is that Past and Future are always found in the current moment. They are implicit in the present. Everything exists now. We experience everything now and not in the past or the future, and everything that happened yesterday becomes a memory.
I’d like to think that our present selves is a store of our past experiences and our future hopes and not just existing in ‘this very moment’.