Why can fear be pleasurable? Why do we sometimes enjoy an emotion we otherwise desperately wish to avoid? And why are the movies the predominant place for this paradoxical experience? These are the central questions of Julian Hanich´s path-breaking book, in which he takes a detailed look at the various aesthetic strategies of fear as well as the viewer´s frightened experience. By drawing on prototypical scenes from horror films and thrillers like Rosemary´s Baby, The Silence of the Lambs, Seven and The Blair Witch Project, Hanich identifies five types of fear at the movies and thus provides a much more nuanced classification than previously at hand in film studies. His descriptions of how the five types of fear differ according to their bodily, temporal and social experience inside the auditorium entail a forceful plea for relying more strongly on phenomenology in the study of cinematic emotions. In so doing, this book opens up new ways of dealing with these emotions. Hanich´s study does not stop at the level of fear in the movie theater, however, but puts the strong cinematic emotion against the backdrop of some of the most crucial developments of our modern world: disembodiment, acceleration and the loosening of social bonds. Hanich argues that the strong affective, temporal, and social experiences of frightening movies can be particularly pleasurable precisely because they help to counterbalance these ambivalent changes of modernity.
I love photography. I love digital. Its what Id always wished for. Being in the camera and experiencing the astonishing accomplishment of the creations of life sparked through the beauty of the detailed startling power of the glass lens. A new German lens brings a mist to me. The colors and light I come to see through the beauty of the camera A love that lasts forever is the love of the lens of sharpness- of spirit warmth and depth and feeling. It makes my body pour emotion into the heartbeat of the world. A great trade and exchange. I think of the camera as my soul. Much like a guitar. My lovely Alpa has rosewood grips. What more could you need? Well - the pictures. Romanticism is exactly that: in Scotland, Denmark, Spain , Rome, china and Big Sur to name a few. The landscape and architecture that I find so fascinating.The trees and the wind billowing and dancing in Edinburgh reminding me of the storm I fell in love with in Cork. The perspectives and range of blacks and whites the perfect thing for a film noire fan. The joy of putting together a book of the best I have to give you in our exchange of viewpoints. The binding and the color and joy of working on this wondrous team again. I am very lucky to have access to what I see. Lou Reed was inducted into the RocknRoll Hall of Fame in 1996 and is a founding member of the legendary Velvet Underground. He has acted in and composed music for a number of films and is the recipient of the Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters from the French Government. He is the author of Pass thru Fire and the play The Raven. Lou Reeds Romanticism is his third photo book after Emotion in Action and Lou Reeds New York which was also published by Edition 7L. Lou Reed lives in New York City.