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Ways of Seeing

Thoughts on the subjectivity of film viewership: Using, as examples, a discussion of the films Porco Rosso (1992) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
This past weekend, I attended a screening of the Hayao Miyazaki film Porco Rosso (1992). It's a work that I've seen several times before, with the initial viewings stretching as far back as my late childhood/early adolescence. It's also a film that I carry a great deal of affection for, despite its somewhat lesser status among aficionados of Miyazaki's work. This time however, seeing the film with an audience of friends and discussing the experience with them immediately after viewing, I was struck by a moment of self-realisation that made me question my own response to the film, and even my approach to film-viewing in general.
It was a question of perception, really: how much of a film exists on-screen - as a readable, definable subject that is understood through the interaction between th…