The light and sound of the motion picture, once perceived, are a gateway to a multisensory experience of the spectator. Moving beyond the oft-discussed perceptual elements of vision and hearing, The Multisensory Film Experience analyses 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 film-makers 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.
Luis Rocha Antunes is a doctoral candidate in film studies and aesthetics at the University of Kent and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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
'The Multisensory Film Experience is so insightful and interesting—an academic page-turner.' – Grimes B
'I think Antunes’ book is worth reading if you’d like to understand the psychological and biological processes behind the multisensory film experience. Antunes cognitive model can be overwhelming, but it is an eye-opener, or perhaps rather a reminder of what cinema is about, namely experience.' – Mai N
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