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Kaira Mellix 2/16/18 Film Theory & Criticism Midterm Essay The theories of Jean-Louis Baudry, Laura Mulvey, and Christian Metz worked to help explain the many forms of spectator identification, though it can be complicated, it is necessary. I will compare how these theorist’s methods and how they go about spectator identification. Baudry first begins to talk about the how mirror stage and the “objective reality.” which intertwines with Mulvey’s scopophilia, and how it captures the reality of the male gaze the sexual differences that play a part in the film. Metz’s theory expands more the Freudian desires within cinema which allow it to be more perceptive. Uses the apparatus to capture reality. Baudry talks a lot about a “subject” and the mirror stage. The mirror stage describes the development of the Ego during the process of identification of one’s specular image. The mirror stage is also where the subject becomes set apart from itself and introduced into the imaginary order. Baudry explains how the spectator identifies with the character onscreen. The spectator identifies less with what is represented, than with what stage the show causes him to see what he sees. The mirror stage in which subsequent identification occurs allows for the illusory constitution of the subject. The transformations of decoupage (breakdown of the shots) before montage. The transformation restores the movement of objective reality. Projection helps to create an illusion of movement from a succession of static images with small differences. The theater is the setting in which the film exhibited, with its darkroom and straight-forward gaze. When we discuss the contraption, we aren't discussing the substance
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of the film we talk about the "oblivious" isn't perceived. However, we utilize it in an unconscious way we know great.
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  • Spring '14
  • JamesH.Roberts
  • Jacques Lacan, Laura Mulvey, Gaze, Mirror Stage, Jean-Louis Baudry

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