Affective Effects of Cinema
Classical Hollywood provokes motifs of audience identification like re-/cognition through emotional staging. How does Hollywood think emotions? How does it stimulate thinking not only about cinematic affects, but also with them? Watching certain scenes closely, Elisabeth Bronfen's lecture awakens a sensibility for how certain stars' expressions and gestures, dialog, score and narrative progression affect us in ways we cannot revoke, emotionally nor intellectually. Examples will include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford and Douglas Sirk.