A kiss in the tunnel: Dialectics, phenomenology and sexual representation
Tuck, G. (2008) A kiss in the tunnel: Dialectics, phenomenology and sexual representation. In: Philosophy and Film/Film and Philosophy, Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol and UWE, Bristol, July 2008. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/11207
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Starting with early ‘kissing-films’, this paper argued that a phenomenological analysis is best suited to help us to understand how film ‘thinks and feels’ about sex. Cinematic representations are neither simply empirical truths nor idealised concepts, but a complex revelation of the possibilities and limitations of the lived body that address us at both the perceptual and conceptual level, as raw visceral experiences and complex presentations of social situations. In particular, I argued that the complex dialectic between the overt and the implied, the mimetic and the metaphoric and the banal and the profound that we find in contemporary cinema is visible at the very outset of filmmaking.