sinecine ISSN: 1309-5838

Cinematic Spaces and the Analysis of Cinematic Spaces

Abstract

This study examines the conceptualisation of cinematic space, discusses the theoretical background of this conceptualisation, and outlines a method for analysing cinematic spaces. Cinematic spaces are materialized through on-screen displays of physical spaces and/or spaces as subjectively experienced. Physical spaces, even if framed as cinematic landscapes, cinematic cityscapes, cinematic seascapes, etc., are ultimately transformed into cinematic spaces by fictionalizing and editing, since it is the director of the film who decides what is to be framed. Cinematic spaces as re-experienced spaces are structured with rich content. They coexist with the cinematic subject not only as platforms on which cinematic acts take place, but also as economic, political, cultural, social, ideological, class-related, gendered, and various other elements experienced by the cinematic subject. They create a “new reality.” Moreover, cinematic spaces support interaction between the subject and physical spaces. Testing these proposals by focusing on a particular film or a director’s filmography is valid only if both formal and contextual analyses are employed. 

Keywords: Cinematic spaces, cinematic landscapes, cinema and space, analysis of cinematic spaces, formal and contextual analysis.