If you’ve ever marveled at the artistry of Citizen Kane or sneered at the 1990s cult film Starship Troopers or decided that Raging Bull is the greatest film of all time, then today’s discussion is for you. We explore why films give us pleasure.
Todd Berliner is a Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was also the Founding Chairman of that department, and he’s the author of Hollywood Incoherent: Narration in Seventies Cinema. His newest book, Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema was published this year by Oxford University Press.