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Affective trajectories: locating diegetic velocity in the cinema experience

Purse, L. (2016) Affective trajectories: locating diegetic velocity in the cinema experience. Cinema Journal, 55 (2). pp. 151-157. ISSN 0009-7101 (IN FOCUS: Speed)

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Films that feature high-speed diegetic motion, and present those high speeds through fast mobile framing and fast cutting, are frequently charged with generating a sensory overload which empties out meaning or any sense of spatial orientation. Inherent in this discourse is a privileging of optical-spatial intelligibility that suppresses consideration of the ways cinema can represent diegetic velocity, and the spectator’s sensory experience of the same. This paper will instead highlight the centrality of the evocation of a trajectory for movement for the spectator’s experience of diegetic speed, an evocation that does not depend on optical-spatial legibility for its affective force.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:55370
Uncontrolled Keywords:film aesthetics; speed; velocity; action cinema
Additional Information:In Focus is a special thematic section of short essays published in each issue of Cinema Journal.
Publisher:University of Texas Press
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