Le Grand Imagier Steps Out: On the Primitive Basis of Film Narration
This is the chapter that introduces the rather idiosyncratic positive views about our epistemic relations to fiction film that are defended in this book. First, in agreement with Kendall Walton and others, it is maintained that, in watching a movie (a fiction film), viewers imagine seeing a relevant segment of the fictional world. Second, this position is defended against an important objection that was originally raised by Gregory Currie. Replying to the objection requires thinking through some basic issues about what “imagining seeing” does and does not involve, and the requisite reflections are significantly initiated in this chapter. Second, a positive account is outlined of what audio-visual narration in traditional movies amounts to. This is what the author calls “the Mediated Version of the Fictional Showing Thesis,” and it is discussed at greater length in Chapter 3 and especially Chapter 4.
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