The Photo Play and the Mind

15 Apr

 In The Photoplay: A Psychological Study (1916), Hugo Münsterberg claimed that movies “act as our imagination acts. [They have] the mobility of our ideas which are not controlled by the physical necessity of outer events but by the psychological laws for the association of ideas.  In our mind past and future become intertwined with the present. The photoplay obeys the laws of the mind rather than those of the outer world.”  

Drawing examples from the Musterberg article and the films “The Kleptomaniac” (1905) and “ “Sherlock, Jr.” (1924),  discuss the  ways these films contribute to the evolution of storytelling in American movies from a style based on the factual presentation of events to one that builds on the associations made by the mind.

This is due  by Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 9:00am. Also, please be sure to respond to two of your classmates posts.
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One Response to “The Photo Play and the Mind”

  1. khalidvetro April 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    These films all play a role in the evolution of storytelling in that they have basic camera angles that remain static through out the entire film leaving the real task to the action that is transpiring in the film itself. As time goes by, everything will evolve with the exploration of new ideas. In the case of films, over time cameras began to become more dynamic as well as zooming in, moving around as well as focusing to actively engage the viewers minds. In Sherlock Homes, the technique of visual effects, through a guy having his alternate self leave his body, as well as the closeups that occured throughout the film, all played a part in how the scenery had engaged the viewer in the action. In Kleptomaniac, the injustice of the good being punished and the bad getting away played on the viewers closure of seeing everyone getting what they truly deserve. Today in films, this can create a sense of closure and satisfaction to see the bad punished and the good being blessed.

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