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Cinema's Bodily IllusionsFlying, Floating, and Hallucinating$
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Scott C. Richmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690961

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690961.001.0001

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Beyond the Infinite, at Home in Finitude

Beyond the Infinite, at Home in Finitude


(p.51) 2 Beyond the Infinite, at Home in Finitude
Cinema's Bodily Illusions

Scott C. Richmond

University of Minnesota Press

The second chapter turns to the question of illusion in a sustained system. Attending closely to the illusion of bodily movement on offer in Kubrick’s 2001, the chapter argues that it demands a response different from the skepticism that usually attends discussions of illusion. Introducing antirepresentational phenomenology of the cinema, the chapter contends that a properly antiskeptical phenomenology of the cinema must, as its method (in its epochē), suspend the representational character of the cinematic image. It must cease to appeal to the lived experience, turning instead to a phenomenology of appearance.

Keywords:   Film, Cinema, Film criticism, Film theory, Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Illusion, Technicity, Representation

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