Film spectatorship

| December 21, 2007

Yesterday my copy of Projecting Illusion by Richard Allen arrived at my home. The critic disscusses the concept of “illusion” (obviously!) and the aesthetic experience of visual representation. His books touches on fundamental issues in cinema theory, it borrows many concepts from Husserl and Althusser , and invokes Deridda’s theory, while the general tendency of film theory seeks instead to exemplify Lacanian theory and embrace Althusser’s ideological pparatus theory. The logical incoherencies of contemporary film theorists clearly emerge frome the pages of this book. Allen concurs with Noel Carrol’s conclusion that contemporary film theorists’s characterization of the impression of reality in cinema is wrong, but while Noel Carroll rejects the applicability of the concept of illusion to the cinema, Allen, on the other hand, gives the concept of illusion renewed significance through a detailed investigation of the ways in which illusion may be experienced and the kinds of beliefs that illusion entails.

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