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[Popular historical cinema is often criticized for being “manipulative” and simplifying history’s complexities in a dangerous way. But as I demonstrate, many popular German historical films provide the viewer with little comfort and easily consumable material. A concentration on the cognitive...
[Conceptual blending is theorized as the cognitive process that allows for meaning construction and creativity. In this chapter,I use films that thematize East Germany to show how blending theory sheds light on the cognitive complexity involved in both cinematic production and reception. In...
[This chapter shows how Theory of Mind (ToM) contributes in a crucial way to a film’s meaning, and how this universal phenomenon of minds trying to read and understand other minds can make a visual narrative appealing. The German historical films examined in this chapter draw attention to the...
[A Cognitive Studies approach to historical film demonstrates how an empathic response can stimulate both emotions and critical thinking in a viewer that—regardless of a film’s level of historical accuracy—can lead to a broader and more informed perspective on both past and present. Historical...
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