Cinema and psychology
in Film editing: history, theory and practice
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The main driving force behind the making of films commercially is the need for the product to attract extremely large audiences and consequently generate substantial profits. The central section of the film is concerned with providing the need or overcoming the unstabilising elements and eventually restoring balance and order. Experiments in psychology provide some interesting and relevant explanations for the way that audiences perceive the edited content of a film. The psychology of perception demonstrates that audiences instinctively strive to construct meaning from what they see. In his book, Theory of Film, German film theoretician and historian Siegfried Kracauer argued that the principal aim of cinema is 'the redemption of physical reality', whereas traditional arts offered perspectives on life transformed by their expressive means, cinema, at its most profound, presented life as it actually is.


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