OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF HEART: OFF-SCREEN SPACE-TIME AS A POLITICAL DEVICE
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March , 2020
Language tr
Subjects Communication
Journal Section Features
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-3528-8820
Author: Mehmet KÖPRÜ (Primary Author)
Institution: ERCİYES ÜNİVERSİTESİ
Country: Turkey


Dates Publication Date : April 15, 2020

In mainstream cinema, in which the technique of concealment-based continuity is the norm, hiding is a customary act. Narrative cinema has to hide its functioning to maintain the illusion of direct storytelling. But the act of concealment also has an ideological dimension, and the “off-screen” is often as ideologically laden as the visible space-time in a film. Some individuals or events belonging to the diegetic universe are kept off-screen because of specific political purposes or cultural tendencies associated with the social psyche. In films, deliberate efforts to prevent empathy with the other, to cover up collective crimes, and to conceal the real power often operate through the off-screen. Thus, in addition to its formal functions (shaping the narrative world) and rhetorical functions (creating curiosity, suspense, expectation, and fear), the off-screen is equipped with new tasks connected with culture and ideology. At the same time, the invisible presence of the off-screen space provides an ideal basis for going beyond the ideology that encompasses all the representational codes used by cinema. Considering these aspects, off-screen space-time can be a political tool that can mediate dominant thinking, but it can also be the means for escaping from it. This space offers different possibilities to discuss the relationship between cinema and ideology from a new perspective. Focusing on these possibilities, this study discusses the political and social motivations behind “not showing” in films, including both mainstream productions representing the norm and alternative examples that disrupt these norms, to argue that films have a political function in terms not only of what they show but also of what they hide.

Off-Screen, Ideology of Hiding, the other outside, invisible ruler

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