Historical moods in film

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


This essay explores the concept of historical mood as it is captured in narrative film, and considers its value for film studies and philosophy of film. Drawing on phenomenological and cognitivist approaches, I explore the idea of historical mood in movies, examining how it becomes manifest in different kinds of films: those which articulate explicit historical forms of sensibility as part of their fictional world; genre films which evoke historically particular kinds of mood in creating generically distinctive cinematic worlds; and films that implicitly express moods that can be recognised retrospectively as expressing the cultural–historical sensibilities of their milieu. Extending the concept of cinematic mood to encompass its cultural and historical aspects, I argue, can enrich our understanding of the interplay between emotional engagement, aesthetic expression and trans-historical experience in narrative film.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-e9
Number of pages9
JournalScreening the past
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Historical moods in film'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this