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There has always been a voyeuristic quality to cinema when at its best allows moviegoers to immerse themselves in the fictional but believable world being portrayed on the big screen; to accomplish this effect a filmmaker has to have an understanding of the psychological impact images and the manner they are presented have in eliciting the desired emotional responses from audience members. No one has a better comprehension of the craft of cinematic narrative manipulation than internationally acclaimed director Roman Polanski. In his book, Polanski and Perception: The Psychology of Seeing and the Cinema of Roman Polanski, author Davide Caputo focuses on the creative impact neuropsychologist R.L. Gregory had on Polanski and his approach towards storytelling. Caputo writes:

"Where films like Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, Repulsion, and even Macbeth try to demonstrate the effect that heighten emotions and mental illness can have on one’s perception of reality [and in turn, draw attention to how one’s sense of reality is constructed], films such as Chinatown, »

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