Active Audiences and the Constitution of Film Experience

Lakshmi Srinivas

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780226361420
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780226361734 | DOI:
Active Audiences and the Constitution of Film Experience

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Chapter 6 investigates intersubjectivity of ‘film experience’ in cinema halls with audiences who are interactive, talkative, and participatory. The chapter explores the ways in which audience aesthetics, their expectations of entertainment shape in-theater experience as well as the contingent character of film. Audience sociality, play and performance are seen to provide over-arching frames for film reception and collective experience. Specifically practices of repeat and selective viewing, documentary viewing, mobility, passing comments and so on recast the film demonstrating it fluidity. Film may be understood as an artwork that is continually evolving or as play that cannot be finished.

Keywords: audience aesthetics; passing comments; intersubjectivity; film experience; sociality; performance; dancing; repeat viewing; selective viewing; collective experience

Chapter.  13299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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