Analysis Of Kinaesthetic Empathy In 'Rocky I'

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Producing kinaesthetic empathy in an audience is not guaranteed in with ‘Rocky I’ or ‘Footloose’, embodied responses of audience are varied. Reasons and Reynolds suggest that kinaesthetics ought to be considered as plural rather than singular, different members of the audience are likely to have different responses and reactions based on their personal background and experiences (Reason and Reynolds, ) While they consider this specifically in relation to dance, these varied responses could be extended to sports films such as ‘Rocky I’. In some cases a film will not promote embodied viewership, but rather, disembodied viewership caused by some kind of disconnect between the spectator and the spectacle on screen. They continue by discussing …show more content…
As Jones puts forward, the performance numbers in dance will have a relatively realistic plot motivation, the use of familiar thematic, visual and narrative aspects seen in dance and sports film encourages the ‘believability’ of the performance (Jones, 2). Rocky’s training sequence aligns with the ‘Angry dance’ scene in ‘Footloose’ in the way that the action in both films is placed there to progress the natural narrative on some way. Rocky’s training becomes very similar to a dance sequence because it depicts a kind of choreographed movement to music, that music being a triumphant motif that come to represent the character. The difference being that in ‘Rocky I’ the movement represented occurs across a number of days rather than in a moment. The viewer could be disembodied in that sense, as the ‘Footloose’ scene depicts a particular emotion to diegetic (Ren in the film plays a cassette tape) music, ‘Rocky I’ on the other hand depicts a process over more time, training and learning the skills of an experienced boxer, hard work that is then depicted in the final fights with music that is included in non-diegetically. Kinaesthetic experience as being enhanced by music and taste comes into play, the mood and tempo of music can encourage the viewer’s desire to join in again relying on an immediate, positive, primordial. Music is used in both dance and sports film to help frame the responses of audiences whether one enjoys the music or not can affect the ability to experience kinaesthetic empathy (Dee and Reynolds,

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