“we tend to retreat from fantasy precisely at the point when it would break apart and reveal the gaze to us [and through the gaze our lack, making us see that our seeing is fantasizing].” – “cinema is valuable not for its ability to make visible the hidden contours of our reality, but for its ability to reveal what reality itself obscures. ..This stain that eludes our everyday experience becomes visible through film’s ability to stage fantasy publicly. ..The gaze is not an actually existing object; it is the distortion in the subject’s visible field caused by the subject’s perspective on that field. Consequently, when the cinema of fantasy allows us to see the gaze, we see it indirectly, through the distortions in the filmic image.” – Todd McGowan

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