Dominic McIver Lopes, Imagination, Illusion and Experience in Film, Philosophical Studies 89 (1998) 343-53

In Image and Mind Gregory Currie offers an imagination theory of cinematic experience. According to this theory, when we watch films we have experiences as of the characters and scenes represented because we have simulated beliefs about those characters and scenes. I argue that there are features of cinematic experiences that are not explained if we construe them as simulated beliefs. Moreover, an alternative theory of cinematic experience, which holds that it is a species of perceptual experience, need not licence some of the mistakes common in contemporary film theory.