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Air, scent and the senses in Derailment

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This essay explores the ways in which Derailment evokes - primarily in light and sound - the air of the Paris M├ętro: the distinctive scent of the subway system, the movement of air through tunnels, platforms and carriages, and the sharing of that air with others who move through the space.

Keywords: Unni Straume; affect; breath in cinema; haptic cinema; multisensory cinema; smell in cinema

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University College London

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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