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Contemporary Action Cinema$
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Lisa Purse

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638178

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638178.001.0001

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The action body

The action body

(p.37) Chapter 2 The action body
Contemporary Action Cinema

Lisa Purse

Edinburgh University Press

Illustrating the action film's persistent focus on the exerting body, this chapter asks how we can more precisely account for the viewer's experience of action cinema, and speci?cally his or her engagement with on-screen action bodies, and investigates how those on-screen bodies generate meaning. Using Casino Royale as an extended case study, the chapter shows how the action movie stages the body in ways which achieve a viscerally felt sense of physical effort, and draws on phenomenological film theory to account for the ways in which the spectator ‘fleshes out’ what he or she sees onscreen and the consequences of that fleshing out for meaning and interpretation.

Keywords:   Body, Phenomenological film theory, Staging the body, Action sequence, Meaning

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