The Reality Effect: Film Culture and the Graphic Imperative
- Publish Date: 2001-11-18
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Joel Black
It used to be only movies were on film; now the whole world is. The most intimate and most banal moments of our lives are constantly recorded for public consumption. In The Reality Effect, Joel Black argues that the desire to make visible every aspect of our lives is an impulse derived from cinema- one that has made life both more graphic and less real. He approaches film as a documentary medium that has obscured-if not obliterated- the line between reality and fiction. To illustrate this effect, Black traces the uncanny interplay between movies and real-life events through a series of comparative analyses-from Lolita and the murder of JonBent Ramsey to Wag the Dog and the Clinton scandal to Crash and Princess Diana's violent death.