Moving because Pictures? Illusion and the Emotional Power of Film

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