The Power of Movies

The Power of Movies : How Screen and Mind Interact

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How is watching a movie similar to dreaming? What goes on in our minds when we become absorbed in a movie? How does looking "into" a movie screen allow us to experience the thoughts and feelings of a movie's characters? These and related questions are at the heart of The Power of Movies, a thoughtful, invigorating, and remarkably accessible book about a phenomenon seemingly beyond reach of our understanding. Colin McGinn-"an ingenious philosopher who thinks like a laser and writes like a dream," according to Steven Pinker-enhances our understanding of both movies and ourselves in this book of rare and refreshing insight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 131 x 201 x 13mm | 181g
  • India
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1400077206
  • 9781400077205
  • 582,279

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"Lively. . . . Illuminating. . . . McGinn has struck gold." --The Wall Street Journal"Enlightening. . . . Lucid, rewarding." --The New York Times Book Review"Persuasive. . . .Astute. . . . McGinn synthesizes ideas about seeing movies with the passion of a buff." --Entertainment Weekly
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About Colin McGinn

Colin McGinn is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of sixteen previous books, including The Making of a Philosopher: My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy; Space Trap, a novel; and, most recently, Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning. McGinn's writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, The New Republic, and The New York Times Book Review.
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