Spectacle in Contemporary Mainstream Action Cinema


  • Filip Cieślak Uniwersytet Gdański



Słowa kluczowe:

attraction, spectacle, mainstream action cinema


The following article traces the historical development of the notion of spectacle. It first provides an outline of theoretical research on the subject, pointing out various interpretations and approaches. Secondly, comparative-quantitive analysis is used to compare several film series (Die Hard, Fast and Furious, Mad Max, Predator) in order to find what changes spectacle has undergone in mainstream action-adventure cinema, and to what extent these permutations have impacted the relationship between narration and spectacle. Finally, key takeaways are summarised and additional questions for future research posed.


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Cieślak, F. (2021). Spectacle in Contemporary Mainstream Action Cinema. Panoptikum, (26), 61–79. https://doi.org/10.26881/pan.2021.26.03