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Emotion And The Structure Of Narrative Film

Author: Ed S. Tan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136694978
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Introduced one hundred years ago, film has since become part of our lives. For the past century, however, the experience offered by fiction films has remained a mystery. Questions such as why adult viewers cry and shiver, and why they care at all about fictional characters -- while aware that they contemplate an entirely staged scene -- are still unresolved. In addition, it is unknown why spectators find some film experiences entertaining that have a clearly aversive nature outside the cinema. These and other questions make the psychological status of emotions allegedly induced by the fiction film highly problematic. Earlier attempts to answer these questions have been limited to a few genre studies. In recent years, film criticism and the theory of film structure have made use of psychoanalytic concepts which have proven insufficient in accounting for the diversity of film induced affect. In contrast, academic psychology -- during the century of its existence -- has made extensive study of emotional responses provoked by viewing fiction film, but has taken the role of film as a natural stimulus completely for granted. The present volume bridges the gap between critical theories of film on the one hand, and recent psychological theory and research of human emotion on the other, in an attempt to explain the emotions provoked by fiction film. This book integrates insights on the narrative structure of fiction film including its themes, plot structure, and characters with recent knowledge on the cognitive processing of natural events, and narrative and person information. It develops a theoretical framework for systematically describing emotion in the film viewer. The question whether or not film produces genuine emotion is answered by comparing affect in the viewer with emotion in the real world experienced by persons witnessing events that have personal significance to them. Current understanding of the psychology of emotions provides the basis for identifying critical features of the fiction film that trigger the general emotion system. Individual emotions are classified according to their position in the affect structure of a film -- a larger system of emotions produced by one particular film as a whole. Along the way, a series of problematic issues is dealt with, notably the reality of the emotional stimulus in film, the identification of the viewer with protagonists on screen, and the necessity of the viewer's cooperation in arriving at a genuine emotion. Finally, it is argued that film-produced emotions are genuine emotions in response to an artificial stimulus. Film can be regarded as a fine-tuned machine for a continuous stream of emotions that are entertaining after all. The work paves the way for understanding and, in principle, predicting emotions in the film viewer using existing psychological instruments of investigation. Dealing with the problems of film-induced affect and rendering them accessible to formal modeling and experimental method serves a wider interest of understanding aesthetic emotion -- the feelings that man-made products, and especially works of art, can evoke in the beholder.

Darren Aronofsky S Films And The Fragility Of Hope

Author: Jadranka Skorin-Kapov
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501306995
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Darren Aronofsky's Films and the Fragility of Hope offers the first sustained analysis of the current oeuvre of the film director, screenwriter, and producer Darren Aronofsky. Including Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), The Wrestler (2008), Black Swan (2010), and Noah (2014), Aronofsky's filmography is discussed with respect to his style and the themes of his films, making astute connections with the work of other directors, other movies and works of art, and connecting his films with other disciplines such as math, philosophy, psychology, and art history. Jadranka Skorin-Kapov deploys her background in philosophy and math to analyze an American filmmaker with an individual voice, working on both independent productions and big-budget Hollywood films. Aronofsky is revealed to be a philosopher's director, considering the themes of life and death, addiction and obsession, sacrifice, and the fragility of hope. Skorin-Kapov discusses his ability to visually present challenging intersections between art and philosophy. Concluding with a transcript of a conversation between the author and Aronofsky himself, Darren Aronofsky's Films and the Fragility of Hope is a much-needed study on this American auteur.

Global Finance On Screen

Author: Constantin Parvulescu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351696645
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Global Finance on Screen is the first collection exclusively dedicated to a growing body of multi-format and multimedia audiovisual work that this book designates as the finance film. Finance film provides critical visualizations of the secretive, elitist, PR firewalled, and gender and race-biased world of finance, and its mysterious characters, jargon and products. It reconstructs for the screen and for broader audiences finance’s logics, responsibilities, practices, and ethos, and traces the effects of money, markets, investment, credit, debt, bubbles, and crashes on our well-being, desires, values, and actions. The chapters for this interdisciplinary collection are written by European and North American scholars in film studies, anthropology, business ethics, cultural studies, political economy, and sociology. They reveal and evaluate the ability of film to document financial cultures; reflect economic, cultural and political transformations related to financialization; indicate the alienating and exploitative consequences of the growing role played by financial services in the global economy; mobilize social action against finance’s excesses; as well as spread finance and capitalist mythology. The collection offers in-depth investigations of feature films such as Wall Street, Freefall, Margin Call, Justice&Co, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Big Short, and documentaries such as Inside Job, Capitalism: A Love Story and In a Strange Land.

Professional And Business Ethics Through Film

Author: Jadranka Skorin-Kapov
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319893335
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This book considers ethical issues arising in professional and business settings and the role of individuals making decisions and coping with moral dilemmas. Readers can benefit from engagement in filmic narratives, as a simulated environment for developing a stance towards ethical challenges. The book starts by elaborating on critical thinking and on normative ethical theories, subsequently presenting the structure and cinematic elements of narrative film. These two avenues are tools for evaluating films and for discussions on various ethical problems in contemporary business, including: the corporate and banking financial machinations (greed, fraud, social responsibility); workplace ethical challenges (harassment, violence, inequity, inequality); professional and business ethical challenges (corruption, whistleblowing, outsourcing, downsizing, competition, and innovation); environmental and social issues; international business and human rights; and personal responsibility and identity challenges due to career pressures, loss of privacy and cyber harassment, and job structure changes in light of changing technology.

Multimodal Film Analysis

Author: John Bateman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136467548
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This book presents a new basis for the empirical analysis of film. Starting from an established body of work in film theory, the authors show how a close incorporation of the current state of the art in multimodal theory—including accounts of the syntagmatic and paradigmatic axes of organisation, discourse semantics and advanced ‘layout structure’—builds a methodology by which concrete details of film sequences drive mechanisms for constructing filmic discourse structures. The book introduces the necessary background, the open questions raised, and the method by which analysis can proceed step-by-step. Extensive examples are given from a broad range of films. With this new analytic tool set, the reader will approach the study of film organisation with new levels of detail and probe more deeply into the fundamental question of the discipline: just how is it that films reliably communicate meaning?

Ethik Im Netz

Author: Rafael Capurro
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN: 9783515081733
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Das Internet ist inzwischen zu einem selbstverstandlichen globalen Medium sozialer Interaktionen und somit Teil unseres In-der-Welt-seins geworden. Die hier vorliegenden Beitrage zur Informationsethik befassen sich mit der Problematik der individuellen und sozialen Lebensgestaltung in einer vernetzten Welt. Das Schlagwort von der digitalen Spaltung (digital divide) steht als Zeichen fur eine nicht zuletzt im Rahmen der Vereinten Nationen gefuhrte Debatte, die weit uber die technische Frage hinaus reicht. Die Ubergange zwischen Informationsethik im Sinne einer ethischen Reflexion uber das Internet und Medienethik im Sinne von ethischen Fragestellungen uber die Massenmedien sind flieaend geworden. Aufgrund der dezentralen Struktur des Internet sowie seiner von breiten Schichten der Bevolkerung benutzten interaktiven Moglichkeiten stellen sich aber in diesem Medium spezifische ethische Fragen, die sich von denen der Massenmedien unterscheiden. "Capurros Buch eroffnet einen Blick in die faszinierende, standig sich verandernde edigitalisierte Weltae, die er unter ethischen Gesichtspunkten zu dechiffrieren versucht. Der Autor ist einerseits sehr prazise mit den neuesten technischen Entwicklungen vertraut, andererseits aber auch mit den philosophisch-ethischen Traditionen. [a] Es ist dem Autor zu danken, daa er sich in der relativ jungen Disziplin der Medienethik in ein Feld vorwagt, das in seiner Vielfalt von ethischer Seite bisher nur wenig bedacht worden ist." Freiburger Zeitschrift fur Philosophie und Theologie. (Franz Steiner 2003)

The Lord Of The Rings

Author: Ernest Mathijs
Publisher: Wallflower Press
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"Since their rise to popularity in the 1960s, the Lord of the Rings books have been an enduring cult success, revered by a fiercely faithful and steadily growing fan following which scrupulously guarded their integrity. Since the release of the film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings has become a global brand. Its public presence exceeds that of any other literature and its commercial potential seems limitless, evident not just in the unsurpassed box office succes and critical acclaim for the films, but also in the many fringe benefits and spin-offs." "The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context takes the release of the film trilogy as a point of departure for an overview of the international impact of The Lord of the Rings in a range of cultural environments (the US, the UK, Europe and New Zealand). This anthology analyses the merchandising, box office figures, distribution, critical reception, fan following and cult status of the films, and focuses on how the different faces of the phenomenon, like the trailers, DVD editions, websites, computer games, music, location tours and even its unlikely erotic spin-offs contributed to making The Lord of the Rings the most publicly recognised brand image of the twenty-first century so far. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.