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The Multisensory Film Experience
A Cognitive Model of Experiential Film Aesthetics
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ISBN 9781783206285
Paperback 218 pages
Published June 2016
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Luis Rocha Antunes
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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.
This book was nominated for Best Monograph at BAFTSS 2017.

Luis Rocha Antunes received the 2017 Graduate Research Award from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kent. Luis has a Ph.D. in film studies for the University of Kent and a Ph.D. in aesthetics for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His work explores fundamental questions related to film's​ philosophy of perception.


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

'Antunes’ book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the role of the senses in the film experience, one that commendably explains the actual mechanisms that contribute to our engagement with the characters and worlds the medium offers.' – J Horton, The Senses and Society

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