Polanski and Perception

The Psychology of Seeing and the Cinema of Roman Polanski

Davide Caputo

Polanski and Perception

Davide Caputo

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

286 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841505527 Published August 2012

A new approach to a director whose contribution to cinema is often overshadowed his personal life, Polanski and Perception focuses on Roman Polanski’s interest in the nature of perception and how this is manifested in his films. The incorporation of cognitive research into film theory is becoming increasingly widespread, with novel cinematic technologies and recent developments in digital projection making a strong grasp of perceptual psychology critical to fostering cognitive engagement.
Informed by the work of neuropsychologist R. L. Gregory, this volume focuses primarily on two sets of films: the Apartment trilogyof Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Tenant; and the Investigation trilogy of Chinatown, Frantic, and The Ninth Gate. Also included are case studies of Knife in the Water, Death and the Maiden, and The Ghost.Polanski and Perception presents a highly original and engaging new look at the work of this influential filmmaker.


1. 'Locating' Polanski
2. Establishing a Conceptual Framework
3. Schizophrenia and the City
4. Repulsion
5. Rosemary's Baby
6. The Tenant
7. Approaching Investigations
8. Chinatown
9. A Tale of Two Doctors: Frantic and Death and the Maiden
10. The Ninth Gate
11. The Ghost: A Bridge Between Trilogies
12. Concluding Remarks

Roman Polanski Filmography
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