Yıl 2015, Cilt 0, Sayı 22, Sayfalar 141 - 150 2015-06-01

Fantasy Asks: Where the Reality Ends?

Başak Demiray [1]

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This study will examine Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985) in the context of the placement of its main character, Cecilia, between the worlds of ‘reality’ and ‘fantasy’. Employing the prominent method in the field of film studies, namely that of discourse analysis, this study first will emphasize the distinction between the ‘real’ and the ‘reality’. Second, it will elaborate the historical, cultural, economical and social circumstances that structure the ‘reality’ of Cecilia’s life. Then, it will question the effects of Hollywood Industry on the spectatorship of women. Lastly, it will describe how Cecilia constructs her own ‘reality’ through the fantasies her mind produces; and in conclusion this study will answer the title question as “reality ends in film theaters since films take the spectators to the worlds of fantasy, at the same time a new reality begins in film theaters since the spectators carry that fantasy into each moment of life as Cecilia does”

This study will examine Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985) in the context of the placement of its main character, Cecilia, between the worlds of ‘reality’ and ‘fantasy’. Employing the prominent method in the field of film studies, namely that of discourse analysis, this study first will emphasize the distinction between the ‘real’ and the ‘reality’. Second, it will elaborate the historical, cultural, economical and social circumstances that structure the ‘reality’ of Cecilia’s life. Then, it will question the effects of Hollywood Industry on the spectatorship of women. Lastly, it will describe how Cecilia constructs her own ‘reality’ through the fantasies her mind produces; and in conclusion this study will answer the title question as “reality ends in film theaters since films take the spectators to the worlds of fantasy, at the same time a new reality begins in film theaters since the spectators carry that fantasy into each moment of life as Cecilia does”. 

keywords: The Purple Rose of Cairo, reality, fantasy, alienation, female spectatorship 


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APA Demiray, B . (). . , 0 (22), 141-150. DOI: 10.16878/gsuilet.96693
MLA Demiray, B . "". 0 (): 141-150 <http://iletisimdergisi.gsu.edu.tr/issue/7385/96693>
Chicago Demiray, B . "". 0 (): 141-150
RIS TY - JOUR T1 - AU - Başak Demiray Y1 - 2015 PY - 2015 N1 - doi: 10.16878/gsuilet.96693 DO - 10.16878/gsuilet.96693 T2 - Galatasaray Üniversitesi İleti-ş-im Dergisi JF - Journal JO - JOR SP - 141 EP - 150 VL - 0 IS - 22 SN - 1305-2411-2548-124X M3 - doi: 10.16878/gsuilet.96693 UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.16878/gsuilet.96693 Y2 - 2018 ER -
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ISNAD Demiray, Başak . "Fantasy Asks: Where the Reality Ends?". Galatasaray Üniversitesi İleti-ş-im Dergisi 0 / 22 (Haziran 2015): 141-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.16878/gsuilet.96693