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Effort and affect: engaging with film performance

Donaldson, L. F. (2012) Effort and affect: engaging with film performance. In: Reason, M. and Reynolds, D. (eds.) Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices. Intellect Books, Bristol, pp. 159-174. ISBN 9781841504919

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In order to consider our emotional and physical involvement with film this chapter explores the rapport between camera and performer and how this impacts on the construction of engagement, drawing on critical approaches across the disciplines of film, dance and philosophy to describe our spatial, emotional and sensuous relationship to characters and bodies on-screen. Concern with the relationship between what is happening on screen and the shaping of our engagement is developed through attention to the effort of a particular performance, using close analysis to make sense of the affect invited by qualities of movement and how they are presented in moment from Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski, 1968).

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:36205
Uncontrolled Keywords:kinesthetic empathy, film performance, embodiment, affect, effort, phenomenology, Rosemary's Baby, horror, the body
Publisher:Intellect Books

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