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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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Proprioception, The Écart

Proprioception, The Écart


(p.97) 4 Proprioception, The Écart
Cinema's Bodily Illusions

Scott C. Richmond

University of Minnesota Press

Using Godfrey Reggio’s highly kinesthetic film Koyaanisqatsi as a case study, the fourth chapter analyzes how proprioceptive aesthetics not only emphasizes the formation of onscreen worlds, but also thematizes viewers’ embodiment through its modulation of proprioception. It continue the project of bringing Gibson and Merleau-Ponty together, showing how Gibson’s theories of proprioception intersect with Merleau-Ponty’s late doctrine of the Écart, or the paradoxical separation from but continuity with the world.

Keywords:   Film, Cinema, Film theory, Proprioception, Godfrey Reggio, Koyaanisqatsi

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