International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Film Review as Interactive Process: An Application of Symbolic Interactionist Theories of Temporality
Richard L. GeePatrick J.W. McGinty, Shana L. Porteen

Borrowing from Denzin's (1995) understanding of the cinematic gaze, this paper employs a symbolic interactionist framework to analyze the interactive and interpretive film viewing event: the film review. Using film reviews as a form of evidence of a film viewing event, this research contends that the film review can be analyzed not only for information about the film (in this case "W"), but also understood as evidence of the relationship between filmgoers, the film as a whole and the characters within the film. The evidence provided asserts that the viewing and review of films is a mediated, interactive and interpretive process undergirded by interpretations and perceptions of “the past” on the one hand and attributions of past experiences on the other. The paper concludes that such understandings demonstrate the potential for sociological analyses to make sense of both film and the film review as grounded, powerful, socially constructed phenomenon.

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