The Moving Image

  • Nick Wiltsher
  • Aaron Meskin


Films typically provide an experience that is very much like the experience of ordinary motion. It is for this reason that they are commonly known as moving pictures or, slightly more broadly, moving images. Our focus in this chapter is on making sense of that experience. We begin our chapter by exploring the centrality of the experience of movement (or apparent movement) to film. We turn then to various explanations of that experience. Perhaps film images are transparent and allow us to indirectly see the movement of the objects they depict. Or perhaps certain theories of depiction can make sense of the experience of motion in cinema. In the final section, we address a range of ontological issues raised by the question of cinematic movement. Is the motion of images real movement or merely illusory? What is a cinematic image?


Depiction Illusionism Image Motion Moving images Realism Response-dependent property Transparency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Wiltsher
    • 1
  • Aaron Meskin
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Philosophical PsychologyUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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