The Mirror Stage and the Matrix
The mirror stage is a concept of Psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. Lacan’sprimary focus on spectator identification became the central reference point for the emergence of psycoantalitic theory that can be easily applied to cinema films. The mirror stage occurs during the age of infants whom are between the ages of six and eighteen months of age. When a toddler begins to gaze into a mirror there perception of themselves becomes misrecognized. This happens because the infant can only see a fragmented version of his body and assiotes that as his whole. This leaves leaves him with the asccotion of a of an unrealistic illusory unity. Throught his development he assumes a master of this unrealistic illusory unity. This is self-deception which is the baisis for the formation of the infant’s ego. Lacan believes that that due to the mirror stage concept it undermines the substantiality that the ego holds therefore. Lacan theory increases his supporting perspective by nullify the credibility of an ego.
Metz theory of spectator identification applies Lucan’s stage to the production of cinema. The rolling film that its spectators see on the screen becomes like a mirror that the infant looks into. The view that the spectators receives is really an unrealistic inflated reality. The camerias viewing angle creates a dissolution world. Though the spectator is an actual fact a passive viewer of the action on the screen, idnetifcation with the camerea provides the spectoator with an illusion of unmitigatied power over the screen images. This falisy the spetoars to develop an omnipresent ego. One that balives that everything the see on the screen is really how it is filmed. The illusionary omnipresent ego becomes “secured” as the viewer cannot be seen by others in the theator because they are all sitting in a dark movie theater. Like God, the spectators is able to see all that is on the film but the he is precisely his own ovdance of...
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