The uncanny is commonly referred to as being an experience of disorientation, where the world in which we live suddenly seems strange, alienating or threatening. In his quintessential essay on the topic, "Das Unheimliche", Sigmund Freud discusses the ways in which the effects of the phenomenon are heightened in works of fiction, adding that "there are many more means of creating uncanny effects in fiction than there are in real life".
Amongst the multitudes of form fictional works can take, the motion picture can be considered to augment uncanniness through the way in which they depict and let viewers experience a believable world, realistic or not. Portraying reflections of places and people that are 'doubles' of their actual existences, films are full of paradoxes- familiar yet unfamiliar, alive yet lifeless, real yet illusory: much like the essence of the uncanny.
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