Effort and Affect: Engaging with Film Performance

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In order to consider our emotional and physical involvement with film this chapter explores the rapport between camera and performer and how this impacts on the construction of engagement, drawing on critical approaches across the disciplines of film, dance and philosophy to describe our spatial, emotional and sensuous relationship to characters and bodies on-screen. Concern with the relationship between what is happening on screen and the shaping of our engagement is developed through attention to the effort of a particular performance, using close analysis to make sense of the affect invited by qualities of movement and how they are presented in moment from Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski, 1968).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices
EditorsMatthew Reason, Dee Reynolds
PublisherIntellect Books
Number of pages174
ISBN (Print)9781841504919
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • kinesthetic empathy
  • film performance
  • embodiment
  • affect
  • effort
  • phenomenology
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • horror
  • the body


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