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“Being … and eXistenZ”: Some Preliminary Considerations on Theatricality in Film

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224159
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823224159.003.0014
“Being … and             eXistenZ”: Some Preliminary Considerations on Theatricality in Film

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With the coming of electronic media, theater's role in society and aesthetics has evidently been minimized. “Home theater”, which is designed to emulate a theater space in the privacy of the home, provides a way for the audience to experience a world beyond the walls and limitations of the home without having to actually be outside, especially if accompanied by sound system technologies. This chapter generally addresses the resumption of “theatrical” motifs in contemporary cinema. It is established in this chapter that the notion of theater is not limited to aesthetics. Theater is considered as a medium where conflict comes about; it indicates the manner of the establishment of borders. This chapter discusses how film possesses some traits and elements that imitate that of theater and shows how Cronenberg's eXistenZ addresses several of the problems concerning narrative and medium that the book is concerned with.

Keywords: contemporary cinema; electronic media; home theater; theatrical motifs; eXistenZ; narrative; medium

Chapter.  5505 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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