The Goal: Why Do We Watch?

Why Do We Watch Movies?

This is the first question I ask my film students: “Why do we watch movies?” Most of them have never thought to ask this question. They think about it, raise their hands, and start suggesting answers.

There are many reasons why we all watch movies, and as my students comment, I write their answers on the chalkboard. There is the wish to share experiences with the characters and our friends. We watch to learn all kinds of things. We watch to see spectacles. We get to see other worlds that we’ll never go to. We want to hear a good story. Someone suggests we watch to escape. Escape what? “Boredom!” ...

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