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The Multisensory Film Experience

A Cognitive Model of Experiental Film Aesthetics

When the lights dim in a movie theater and the projector begins to click and whir, the light and sounds of the motion picture become the gateway to a multisensory experience. Moving beyond the oft-discussed perceptual elements of vision and hearing, The Multisensory Film Experience analyzes temperature, pain, and balance in order to argue that it is the experience of film that’s inherently multisensory, not the medium. Luis Rocha Antunes here explores the work of well-loved filmmakers Erik Jensen, Gus Van Sant, and Ki-Duk Kim to offer new insights into how viewers experience films and understand their stories. This is an original contribution to an emerging field of research and will become essential reading for film scholars.

224 pages | 120 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2016

Film Studies

Philosophy: General Philosophy

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Grabowski
Chapter 1: The Multisensory Film Experience, Experiential Film Aesthetics, Cinema and the Senses
Chapter 2: The Vestibular in Film: Orientation and Balance in Gus Van Sant’s  Cinema of Walking
Chapter 3: Nociception in Film: A Cinematic Account of Ki-Duk Kim’s Aesthetics of Pain
Chapter 4: Thermoception in Film: Knut Erik Jensen’s Experiential Aesthetics of Cold
Chapter 5: Conclusion 

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