For example, Memento (2000) is presented as two different sequences of scenes: a series in black-and-white that are shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order.

Another example I can remember is Seinfeld's 9th season episode "The Betrayal".

Does this style have a name in movie jargon?

  • Non linear style of making?
    – Dredd
    May 15, 2012 at 21:33
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    Nonlinear Storyline is a technique where events are portrayed out of chronological order, but not necessarily with reverse chronology. So yes, your hunch was correct. May 16, 2012 at 18:35

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Well, I've found out that term is Reverse Chronology. Wikipedia gives some nice details together with the examples of use in movies & TV.

Reverse chronology is a method of story-telling whereby the plot is revealed in reverse order.

In a story employing this technique, the first scene shown is actually the conclusion to the plot. Once that scene ends, the penultimate scene is shown, and so on, so that the final scene the viewer sees is the first chronologically.

Many stories employ flashback, showing prior events, but whereas the scene order of most conventional films is A-B-C-etc, a film in reverse chronology goes Z-Y-X-etc.

  • My hunch was correct after all.
    – Dredd
    May 15, 2012 at 21:34
  • I was reading about The Betrayal and it leaded me to the Wikipedia link. May 15, 2012 at 21:36
  • So would Pulp Fiction be "blender chronology"?
    – Kevin
    May 16, 2012 at 18:15
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    The correct term for Pulp Fiction is Nonlinear Storyline. May 16, 2012 at 18:31
  • "See also Reverse chronology" It's on the Wikipedia page of Memento...
    – invalid_id
    Apr 2, 2014 at 6:42

Well, "Reverse Chronology" sounds like a fitting term.

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