Polanski and Perception: The Psychology of Seeing and the Cinema of Roman Polanski

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Intellect Books, 2012 - Art - 286 pages
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A new approach to a director whose contribution to cinema is often overshadowed his personal life, Polanski and Perception focuses on Roman Polanski's interest in the nature of perception and how this is manifested in his films. The incorporation of cognitive research into film theory is becoming increasingly widespread, with novel cinematic technologies and recent developments in digital projection making a strong grasp of perceptual psychology critical to fostering cognitive engagement.Informed by the work of neuropsychologist R. L. Gregory, this volume focuses primarily on two sets of films: the Apartment trilogyof Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby, and The Tenant; and the Investigation trilogy of Chinatown, Frantic, and The Ninth Gate. Also included are case studies of Knife in the Water, Death and the Maiden, and The Ghost. Polanski and Perception presents a highly original and engaging new look at the work of this influential filmmaker.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Locating Polanski
11
Chapter 2 Establishing a Conceptual Framework
29
Chapter 3 Schizophrenia and the City
71
Chapter 4 Repulsion
95
Chapter 5 Rosemarys Baby
115
Chapter 6 The Tenant
145
Chapter 7 Approaching the Investigations
165
Chapter 8 Chinatown
179
Frantic and Death and the Maiden
199
Chapter 10 The Ninth Gate
221
A Bridge Between Trilogies
247
Chapter 12 Concluding Remarks
261
Roman Polanski Filmography
269
Bibliography
275
Back Cover
287
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About the author (2012)

Davide Caputo recently completed his PhD at University of Exeter, where his research focused on film and psychology. He has contributed essays and reviews to Film International.

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