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FEB 18, 2013 - New Statesman

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Quentin Tarantino and the elusiveness of realism

Django Unchained confronts should be rewarded for flouting the felicity criterion. Last week, on the Arthur P Shimamura wrote intriguingly about psychological responses to concepts of "reality" in film. He touched on a struggle many viewers have with movies which seem to depict reality, yet contain fabrications or inaccuracies. A degree of disorientation tends to mark these attempts to reconcile a film’s reasonably fantastical narrative with its apparently "realistic" method of explication. Films are often judged by a felicity criterion, a debate which ... Read More

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