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Cinema as Door Screen and Threshold Essay

  • Submitted by: bitz92
  • on October 4, 2012
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 381 words

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      Cinema as a door, screen and threshold.
Ever since I began this Film theory seminar a trip to the movies has never been the same. Once you cross the threshold from the outside world to the world of the theater you instantly feel the atmosphere change, along with the décor. You are surrounded by golden statues, giant posters and life size relics all before you enter the lobby! You are presented with a lit up counter of movie appropriate snacks and a twisted hallway lined with velvet rope to guide you to where you need to be. Once inside the dark room, you are over come, not by a screen stretching from ground to ceiling, but by a red shiny curtain that seems to be hiding something. The lights dim, curtains open, a hush falls over the crowd, and the adventure begins. In chapter 2 of ‘Film theory, an introduction through the senses’ a new array of meaning is given to the term Cinema, it literally and metaphorically removes the spectator from his/her world and connects them to the diegetic worlds on screen and all these audio visual ‘cues’ are meant to enhance the Cinema. “For the spectator it is the threshold between her/his world and that of the film; for the film it is the threshold between myth and reality, and for the actor, it is the threshold between role and image.” (FT p.36) This type of symbolism has been used in classical Hollywood cinema since it began. What is so interesting about this chapter comes from a neo-formalists point of view; as a screen, door and threshold, Cinema is guiding the audience through their world with more than one main points of entry. Since neo-formalists see their audience/spectators as more than passive subjects, but as “acting contributors” and they contribute “substantially to the final effect of the work.” David Bordwell, a fellow neo-formalist, also enlists the help of “ideal spectators” to keep the characters coherent and the storyline intact. The idea of cinemas as door, screen and...

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