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Projecting Illusion offers a systematic analysis of the impression of reality in the cinema and the pleasure it gives to the film spectator. Film provides a compelling experience that can be considered as a form of illusion akin to the experience of day-dream 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 and critical theory. He argues that many contemporary film theorists correctly identify the significance of the impression of reality, although their explanation of it is incorrect because of an invalid philosophical understanding of the relationship between the mind, representation and reality. Offering a clear presentation and critique of the central arguments of contemporary film and critical theory, Allen also touches on fundamental issues in current discourses of philosophy, art history and feminist theory.Read more
- Original study of illusion in the cinema that defends the concept as central to understanding film spectatorship
- Clear presentation and critique of central arguments of contemporary film and critical theory
- Valuable study for fields beyond cinema studies, such as philosophy, critical theory, fine arts, feminist theory
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- Date Published: September 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521587150
- length: 192 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- contains: 11 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
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
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