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The Mind Screen

Identification Desire and Its Cinematic Arena

Georg Schmid

For well over a century cinema has exerted enormous influence, yet many questions regarding its fascination remain unanswered. Films work so well because the viewers tend to unconsciously identify with the actors/actresses. The desire to become another, substituting identity by identification, can be traced to the illusion that the filmic heroes/heroines are immortal – identifying with them raises the possibility of gaining «deathlessness.» Viewers can, without real life risks, experiment with the existential drafts presented; the power of imagination is mobilized. Based on a multidisciplinary approach (semiotics, psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, plus a healthy dose of film history), this book presents prolegomena of a philosophy of cinema.
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1914 89, 131, 133, 183, 187, 241, 252, 272, 278, 308

9/11 160


A ciascuno il suo 121, 124, 298

About Schmidt 106, 296

Absolute Power 155, 156, 206, 270, 301

Accident 169, 282, 313

acculturation 43, 182, 216, 280

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