Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion / Edition 1

Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion / Edition 1

by Carl Plantinga
     
 

The movie theater has always been a place where people come together to share powerful emotional experiences, from the fear generated by horror films and the anxiety induced by thrillers to the laughter elicited by screwball comedies and the tears precipitated by melodramas. Indeed, the dependability of movies to provide such experiences lies at the center of the

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The movie theater has always been a place where people come together to share powerful emotional experiences, from the fear generated by horror films and the anxiety induced by thrillers to the laughter elicited by screwball comedies and the tears precipitated by melodramas. Indeed, the dependability of movies to provide such experiences lies at the center of the medium's appeal and power. Yet cinema's ability to influence, even manipulate, the emotions of the spectator is one of the least-explored topics in film theory today.

In Passionate Views, thirteen internationally recognized scholars of film studies, philosophy, and psychology explore the emotional appeal of the cinema. Employing a novel cognitive perspective, the volume investigates the relationship between genre and emotion; explores how film narrative, music, and cinematic techniques such as the close-up are used to elicit emotion; and examines the spectator's identification with and response to film characters.

An impressive range of films and topics is brought together by Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith, including: the success of Stella Dallas and An Affair to Remember as tearjerkers; the power of Night of the Living Dead to inspire fear and disgust; the sublime evoked in The Passion of Joan of Arc, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, and The Children of Paradise; the emotional basis of film comedy as seen in When Harry Met Sally; the use of cinematic cues in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Local Hero to arouse emotions; the relationship between narrative flow and emotion in Once Upon a Time in the West and E.T.; the emotive use of music in The Elephant Man and A Clockwork Orange; Stranger than Paradise's sense of timing; desire and resolution in Casablanca; audience identification with the main characters in Groundhog Day and The Crying Game; portrayal of perversity in The Silence of the Lambs, Flaming Creatures, and Shivers; and empathy elicited through closeups of actors' faces in Yankee Doodle Dandy and Blade Runner.

Passionate Views offers a new approach to our understanding of film and will be of interest to anyone fascinated by the emotional power of motion pictures and their relationship to the central concerns of our lives, as well as by the techniques filmmakers use to move an audience.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801860119
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/22/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
IKinds of Films, Kinds of Emotions
1Film, Emotion, and Genre21
2Sentiment in Film Viewing48
3The Sublime in Cinema65
4The Emotional Basis of Film Comedy84
IIFilm Technique, Film Narrative, and Emotion
5Local Emotions, Global Moods, and Film Structure103
6Emotions, Cognitions, and Narrative Patterns in Film127
7Movie Music as Moving Music: Emotion, Cognition, and the Film Score146
8Time and Timing168
IIIDesire, Identification, and Empathy
9Narrative Desire183
10Identification and Emotion in Narrative Film200
11Gangsters, Cannibals, Aesthetes, or Apparently Perverse Allegiances217
12The Scene of Empathy and the Human Face on Film239
Notes257
Select Bibliography289
Contributors295
Index297

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