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Abstract

Let us envision a world in which an individual can be one person one day and a complete other the next. The term “self-identity” is but a farce, designed to pacify individuals into carrying on with their lives harmoniously with the inhabitants of the city that surrounds them. In this world, an individual’s short-term memory is limited to 12 hours per day, and his/her long-term memory is but a fabrication, a stereotype modified ever so slightly as to give the rest of the population unique enough childhood and adolescent recollections so that it will not suspect its experiences are formulaic and shared by all. This sort of world is what director and writer Alex Proyas proposes in his 1998 film, Dark City.

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