Cinema of the Psychic Realm: A Critical Survey (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jul 15, 2009 - Performing Arts - 238 pages
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Cinema is ideally suited to the world of psychic phenomena. A technique as simple as a voice-over can simulate mental telepathy, while unusual lighting, set design, or creative digital manipulation can conjure clairvoyant visions, precognition, or even psychokinesis. This book analyzes the depiction of paranormal powers in film, examining how movies like Star Wars, Independence Day, The Green Mile, and dozens of others both reflect and influence the way modern society thinks about psychic abilities. The theme is explored in nearly 100 films from a variety of genres including drama, comedy, horror, science fiction, crime melodrama, and children's films, providing a concise review of the history and concepts of mainstream cinematic parapsychology.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
A Brief History of the Paranormal in Fact and Fiction
9
Early Paranormal Films
26
ESP in Drama Comedy and Childrens Films
37
Paranormal Crime and Melodrama
59
The Dark Side of ESP
75
Alien ESP
106
PsiFi
141
Remote Viewing Black PSIOPS and Paranoia
177
Conclusion
206
Filmography
211
Chapter Notes
219
Bibliography
221
Index
223
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About the author (2009)

Paul Meehan has also written on UFOs in cinema, and is a contributor to the Noir City Sentinel, the journal of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in San Francisco.

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