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The experience of watching a film
by Ian Christie
About this EXP
Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London, explains how we, as viewers, watch movies.
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Key point 1
The experience depends on the viewer, not the film.
Key point 2
François Truffaut, the great French filmmaker, was an early enthusiast for video.
Key point 3
Format or platform has little effect on the film-watching experience.
Key point 4
We are entering a new, democratic era of film discovery.
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