Moving because Pictures? Illusion and the Emotional Power of Film

Midwest Studies in Philosophy 34 (1):200-218 (2010)

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Robert Hopkins
New York University
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Why does cinema exert such power over our emotions? Many have wanted to answer by appeal to the idea that film sustains some illusion concerning the events it narrates. I compare three such views: that film sustains the illusion that those events are before us; that it sustains that illusion, but only partially; and that, though viewers are always fully aware of seeing pictures, those pictures are experienced as the moving photographic record of the narrated events. I identify these positions’ successes and failures in explaining film’s emotional power, and various ways in which the issue between them might be tested further.
Keywords Aesthetics  Cinema  Emotion  Illusion
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DOI 10.1111/j.1475-4975.2010.00208.x
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