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Cinema of the Psychic Realm

A Critical Survey

Paul Meehan (author)

ISBN: 9780786439669

Publication Date: Jul 2009

Format: Paperback

Explores the depiction of paranormal powers in fiction films, examining how popular films like "Star Wars", "Independence Day", "The Green Mile", and dozens of others reflect and influence the way modern society perceives the notion of psychic abilities. This book explores the psychic theme in nearly 100 films.
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Cinema is ideally suited to render the fantastic world of ESP and other psychic or paranormal abilities tangible to an audience. A technique as simple as a voice-over can simulate mental telepathy, while unusual lighting, set design, or creative digital manipulation can conjure clairvoyant visions, precognition, or even psychokinesis. This book explores the depiction of paranormal powers in fiction films, examining how popular films like "Star Wars", "Independence Day", "The Green Mile", and dozens of others both reflect and influence the way modern society perceives the notion of psychic abilities. The psychic theme is explored in nearly 100 films from a variety of genres including drama, comedy, horror, science fiction, crime melodrama, and children's films, providing a concise review of the history and concepts of mainstream cinematic parapsychology.
Illustrations 68 photographs, filmography
Pages 238
Date Published 30 Jul 2009
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Film: styles & genres  
Paul Meehan has also written on UFOs in cinema, and worked as an editor and writer for the National Sports Review. He is the author of Tech Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir (2008). He lives in San Francisco.

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