Adam (amgb2) wrote,

more from me

What's the name for that cinematic (or, I guess, narrative) device where you start out by showing a scene from near the end, then rewind to the beginning and show events playing out up until that point? The best my brain can do is "flashforward", but I'm sure there's a more appropriate term for it. (One could argue that it's just a very long flashback in the middle of an otherwise rather short story, but that's just splitting hairs.)

If you don't know what I mean, the last big film I remember doing this was Mission Impossible 3, although what I'm actually thinking about at the moment is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (and, sort of, the opening few episodes of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but that has more than just this going on).
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