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engrossment

(ĕn-grōs′mĕnt)
An attitude of total focus on something or someone. In obstetrics, the term denotes attachment behavior exhibited by new parents during initial contacts with their newborns.
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How do both the cinema and the city participate in the "illusionistic seduction" of engrossment? In the "strength and health" sequence, the bodybuilders are cinematically released from the seriousness of their ceremony, and thus we are able to observe a comic rendition of the ritual that engrosses them.
Themes of spectacle, appearance, and self-presentation also interweave with the film's theme of engrossment. After the curtain falls on the bodybuilders, the film cuts immediately to footage of young women in pastel gowns at a debutant's ball, presenting themselves in a choreographed ceremony amidst garden foliage.
Cinematic engrossment, understood negatively as complete absorption in a spectacle that forecloses opportunity for critical reflection, has at times placed cinema in an ambiguous relationship with the category of fine art.
We can begin to see how engrossment as uncritical or unreflective participation resonates with the film's motif of intermittent motion--a motion that regulates discrete units and enables the mechanical production of similarity.