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The action body

Lisa Purse

in Contemporary Action Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638178
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638178.003.0003
The action body

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Illustrating the action film's persistent focus on the exerting body, this chapter asks how we can more precisely account for the viewer's experience of action cinema, and speci?cally his or her engagement with on-screen action bodies, and investigates how those on-screen bodies generate meaning. Using Casino Royale as an extended case study, the chapter shows how the action movie stages the body in ways which achieve a viscerally felt sense of physical effort, and draws on phenomenological film theory to account for the ways in which the spectator ‘fleshes out’ what he or she sees onscreen and the consequences of that fleshing out for meaning and interpretation.

Keywords: Body; Phenomenological film theory; Staging the body; Action sequence; Meaning

Chapter.  8802 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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