So for me, cinema is life, and vice-versa. declared the director Sergio Leone in an interview.
We all are creators of fictions. We all are Godard.
The magic of cinema resides in the way it generates in us the perception of continuous movement through a succession of still images (24 frames per second, or an image taken every 41.7 thousands of a second), which the Lumière brothers dubbed "animated photographic views".
Staggering continuous movement across 24 frames per second means that all we retain about this continuous movement is that series of instantaneous images taken every 1/24th of a second.
A wagon wheel in a spaghetti western, or the wheel of a car, seems to turn in the opposite direction to the way the vehicle is traveling.
Even though we know for sure which way the wheel is really rotating, and even though we are well aware we are seeing an illusion, the illusion remains and takes firm root in our consciousness.
Developing this phenomenon of the wheel turning backwards, Swiss scientists from this University of Geneva have conceptualized a theory about travel toward the past that they perfectly resume by this famous quote: hurry up slowly. Remind that to travel toward the future, you just have to ride your bike, take your car, or catch a train or plain when the covid era shall belong to the past.
What is more amazing than this stroboscopic effect, what is even unimaginable, is that our brain does the same thing! It captures discontinuous images from the external world (13 FPS) but manages to make us perceive them as continuous movements. These still images are very quickly put together by a filling mechanism, or rather an inventing mechanism, to convey a subjective impression of continuity.
In other words, when we have our eyes open to the world, we are already, in fact, kind of in a cinema.
Our perception is the product of our internal projector.
Consuming cannabis, LSD or other psychedelic substances, even some medications that act on our brains, can trigger these special varieties of visual perceptions.