phychoanalysis/spectatorship/sexual difference

Cinema is often presented and called “the synthesis of all the arts”. Cinema goes beyond any other art as far as our perception and senses are concerned. Unlike other forms of art, Sarah Bernhardt considers every film fiction though, and I would have to agree. There are so many characteristics factored in to film that we dont even realize. The producer doesn’t want us to realize it. Beyond the cast of actors and actresses, there is symbolism, music (Dialectic and non-dialectic), props, and a certain script that is followed. The study of the camera can take some time as well. The proper angles, lighting, tilting, etc. make a difference in the film presentation. Each shot taken by the camera must match in some way to the next shot, otherwise it would not make sense to the viewer. A critic might think that his film presentation is not fictional because he shoots his scenes randomly with no special intention of the camera angle/movement- well even those shots were planned to be shot randomly and some thought went into the shots.The script was designed so that we the viewer can identify with the carefully planned plot and relate ourselves in the film. Nothing happens by random or chance on mainstream film- thus it remains fiction.

Cinema is only possible through the perceptual passions and desires to see (Metz). If the viewer shows no interest in what he is watching he can turn it off or walk out. For the advertising industry it is crucial that the product catch the consumer’s eye with desire. Our identification with the product and the way it is presented through the moving image must match in some way. We as a human race identify with the majesty and beauty of the human body and shape. For much of history women were the image, and men were the lookers. Everyone developed their own certain fetish of imagination and fantasy involved in their sexual energies and pursuits. Watching a blond and big breasted girl in the backseat of a new convertible does not necessarily mean that if I purchase that same convertible I will have the same girl. Our perception and attention turns on when we see her anatomy and her body shape. The program may be awful, but that one girl changes everything. We become a passionate spectator because we become a “slave” to her body. The camera angles, her clothing, the lighting, and the props are just “icing on the cake”. Men want to be with her, and women want to be her.

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  1. Vincent Li Sun Said,

    April 25, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    i think that “The program may be awful, but that one girl changes everything” is a very interesting idea you have brought up, and indeed, it is mostly true. at least, in my opinion, it is very true on the pure entertainment level (although it might not be very accurate on art level). those movies that target towards the older teenagers and 20’s men are perfect examples, beautiful and hot girls have become one of the most important elements among them. as now the female has become more equal to male, i think the female gaze has become as usual as male gaze too.

    and i think that the stars in the movies are also similar to this idea, people would go for the stars even though the movies might be bad, because the idolization has been a very common phenomenon nowadays.


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