Man in the Cinema House

Abstract

Mercado, B. J. D. (2015). Man in the Cinema House, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

A Man is imprisoned in a movie theater for killing Jose Rizal. He attempts to escape. Man in the Cinema House is a tempo-spatial critique on the cinematic institution, its conventions and exploitations that have been normalized. It is a love letter to cinema, but at the same time, a protest to the very institution that guides its creation.

The Man is the ghost of cinema as much as the spectator becomes a “ghost” when watching a film in the movie theater. The film challenges the boundaries of cinema both in the metaphorical sense and the meta-physical method. The angry movie Man escapes, declaring that he is no more a ghost, but free of the restrictions of cinema. He recognizes that he has become a Self.

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