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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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Ecological Phenomenology

Ecological Phenomenology

Merleau-Ponty and Gibson

(p.73) 3 Ecological Phenomenology
Cinema's Bodily Illusions

Scott C. Richmond

University of Minnesota Press

The third chapter introduces Gibson’s ecological approach to perception and develops it in relation to the cinematic illusion of bodily movement and the cinema more generally. Moving forward, it describes cinema’s perceptual work in ecological terms, developing one of the most important terms at length, ‘perceptual resonance’. Finally, the chapter shows how Gibson’s doctrine of perceptual resonance is profoundly complemented by Merleau-Ponty’s investigation of perceptual faith.

Keywords:   Cinema, Film, Film theory, James J. Gibson, Ecology, Body, Perception, Representation, Perceptual resonance

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