Cinematic Empathies. Spectator involvement in the film experience

Adriano D'Aloia

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In this chapter, Adriano D’Aloia discusses the role of empathy in spectators’ involvement in narrative fiction film. He highlights the importance of the ‘quasi’ or ‘as if ’ aspect of empathy: whenwe experience the fictive world of the film ‘as if ’ it was real, while also knowing that it is notand we relate to the other ‘as if ’ they were us, while knowing that they are separate. This ‘asif ’ experience is an imaginary act that activates the spectator’s kinesthetic sensations in amotor imitation of movement perceived in the film, which can be that of a character or ofthe #lm itself, as in the movement of the camera. D’Aloia exemplifies graphically the ‘as if ’experience in film spectatorship by contrasting the reaction of spectators within a #lm whowitness an acrobat falling with the reaction of spectators in the cinema; whereas the formerjump up in horror, the latter remain seated – perhaps also horrified, but viewing the event‘as if ’ real, while not actually happening in front of them.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteKinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices
EditorMatthew Reason, Dee Reynolds
Numero di pagine18
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011
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Serie di pubblicazioni

NomeCultural & Media Studies


  • Albert Michotte
  • Edith Stein
  • Empathy
  • Empatia
  • Fenomenologia
  • Film theory
  • Filmologia
  • Filmology
  • Phenomenology
  • Spectatorship
  • Spettatore


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