Projecting Illusion: Film Spectatorship and the Impression of Reality

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Overview

Projecting Illusion offers a systematic analysis of the impression of reality in the cinema and the pleasure it provides the film spectator. Film affords an especially compelling aesthetic experience that can be considered as a form of illusion akin to the experience of daydream and dream. Examining the concept of illusion and its relationship to fantasy in the experience of visual representation, Richard Allen situates his explanation within the context of an analytical criticism of contemporary film theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521587150
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Film Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Althusser, Lacan, and film theory; 2. The lure of metaphysics; 3. Representation, illusion, and the cinema; 4. Cinema, psychoanalysis, and the film spectator; Notes; Filmography; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    Allen concurs with Noel Carrol's conclusion that contemporary film theorists's characterization of the impression of reality in cinema is wrong, but while Noel Carroll rejects the applicability of the concept of illusion to the cinema, Allen, on the other hand, gives the concept of illusion renewed significance through a detailed investigation of the ways in which illusion may be experienced and the kinds of beliefs that illusion entails.

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