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The films of Darren Aronofsky invite emotional engagement by means of affective resonance between the film and the spectator’s lived body.

Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky

Aronofsky’s films, which include a rich range of production from Requiem for a Dream to Black Swan, are often considered ‘cerebral’ because they explore topics like mathematics, madness, hallucinations, obsessions, social anxiety, addiction, psychosis, schizophrenia, and neuroscience. Bodies in Pain looks at how Aronofsky’s films engage the spectator in an affective form of viewing that involves all the senses, ultimately engendering a process of (self) reflection through their emotional dynamics.

Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky

  • Tarja Laine
  • New York-Oxford: Berghahn, 2015
  • ISBN: 978 17 823 8575 2