Analysis Of John Boorstin 's ' Eye 's Theory ' Essay

794 Words May 5th, 2015 4 Pages
John Boorstin realized that through his “eye’s theory” there are three different aspects of a movie that affect your viewpoint of the film simultaneously: the voyeuristic, vicarious, and visceral. What Boorstin concluded was that these three forces impose a particular feel on the viewer. The Adjustment Bureau represents each of these “three eyes” the best. First, the “voyeuristic” eye to film is the philosophy behind the films production. Every film that has ever been produced is subject to the context of the era in which it is created. Second, is the “vicarious” eye of the film, which deals with the emotional attachment to the movie. This is the gut feeling you get while you are watching a film. Third, the “visceral” eye is simply the thrill and excitement you receive from watching the film. This is most commonly associated with the action sequences of the movie. Essentially, you combine each of these facets of the films together to create the overall feeling a viewer receives from the movie. Of all the movies that we have watched throughout the semester, The Adjustment Bureau will leave the viewer asking the most questions. It is one that is meant to get the audience thinking and to leave them that way. The intention was frustration. However, that being said, The Adjustment Bureau is a superb example of Boorstin’s “three eyes” theory. The film follows the life of ambitious politician Davis Norris who is making a run for the New York Senate seat. After being blown out…

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