The Power of Movies

The Power of Movies

How Screen and Mind Interact

Book - 2005
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With enthusiasm and probing intelligence, Colin McGinn (“an ingenious philosopher who thinks like a laser and writes like a dream”–Steven Pinker) embarks on a fascinating philosophical consideration of the allure of movies–what it is we experience when we watch them and what makes them such a universally compelling form of entertainment.

McGinn examines how movies work on our minds: how looking “into” the movie screen allows us to imagine the characters portrayed and know their thoughts and feelings . . . how what we see on the screen can seem to recapitulate the workings of consciousness itself . . . how the screen image is ideally suited to capturing both physical and emotional movements, depicting human feeling in all its variations . . . how heightened reality characterizes both film narrative and dreams . . . how our connection to and perception of movies enables us to better understand aspects of our own nature.

A fresh, invigorating look into the art of film and the minds of filmmakers and filmgoers, The Power of Movies is certain to change the way you watch movies.

Baker & Taylor
A philosopher addresses the question of why movies have become such a compelling form of entertainment, analyzing how film works on the human mind and how a connection to movies allows one to better understand human nature.

Baker
& Taylor

A philosopher addresses the question of why movies have become such a compelling form of entertainment, analyzing how film works on the human mind and imagination, how it expresses human emotion in all its variations, and how a connection to movies allows one to better understand aspects of human nature. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375423178
0375423176
Characteristics: viii, 210 p. ; 22 cm

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danulb
Sep 27, 2018

Intriguing theory, but it seems to make claims that are both too bold (specific claims about the substance and production dreams that need further validation and seem to fly against some of the evidence) or too narrow (why wouldn’t a similar theory apply to reading a novel or watching a play?). He also seems to handwave much when answering potential criticisms.

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