How to watch movies: the action perspective

We watch movies, but movies act on us. They are also multi-dimensional. One could liken or compare The Artist to a portrait, a novel or a symphony. Maybe all rolled up into one huge art and cultural alloy. Movies carry so many dimensions that it is natural to ask: how does one really watch a movie? Like say, The Lord of the Rings, or Baahubali? That might sound kiddish. You simply watch a movie like you read a novel, or look at a painting, or listen to a song. You simply watch it. Or if you have in mind serious reflections, you can check out film analysis and cinema studies, and find out about signs, codes, metaphors and symbols. The language of cinema. But that sort of spoils the actual experience. You wouldn’t want to suddenly begin your cinema studies dissecting symbols and miss out on Black Widow in action. In the past year or two I watched many movies. From Hollywood, Bollywood, and even Tollywood. And the two-hour plus, belief-suspended, intense...
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