Edgar Morin and the Magical Origins of Stardom: Participation Mystique and Projective Identification

No one who frequents the dark auditoriums is really an atheist…Whenever there is a white screen in a black room, a new religion has been established…We enter into the darkness of an artificial grotto. A luminous dust is projected and dances on a screen. We cross time and space… The cinema is the greatest promoter of animism. From the inanimate objects of the specters flickering we now have a soul in the fluid universe of the cinema.

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