Opening this issue of Projections is a provocative article by Ted Nannicelli exploring
the myriad ways viewers today may encounter movies and the issues
these modes of encounter pose for conceptions of cinema that emphasize
a fixed, large-screen format. One of the ironies of cinema history is that, for
most of its lifetime, cinema was seen as a big-screen medium, and many of its
stylistic features evolved accordingly. Now, though, small screens proliferate,
and many viewers find these to be perfectly acceptable ways of viewing films.
The medium’s evolution into small, capsulized viewing formats challenges
some of our aesthetic and pedagogical assumptions, and Nannicelli explores
these in detail.
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