Living in the Horror City: How Cinema Makes Us Paranoid

How does cinema and television influence our perception of reality? Have a look at my observations about the ‘horror city’ and crime fiction in cinema that I wrote for one of my courses at university…

Art of Comparison: Cinematic City 2014

All my blog posts here ultimately seem to revolve around what the cinematic city – the way it’s used, the way it’s represented in media – does to us, the people living in the (or a) city. Significant for this notion is David Clarke’s observation, following Baudrillard, that cinema is not a constant on the screen, but fluid: it leaks out of the screen and therefore moves beyond the moment of the cinematic experience. It is because of this that he points out, “[i]f many of us have […] experienced that sudden, strange feeling whilst walking through the set of a film, this is undeniably a part of the cinema” (3). How, then, do the current developments in cinema fit in with this? There is an undeniable trend towards darker views of the world, dystopian approaches; indeed, dystopia is becoming more and more popular especially in young adult fiction…

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