Watching slow-motion footage of an event can certainly improve our judgment of what happened. But can it also impair judgment?
Editing together extracts from the murder scene near the beginning of Mildred Pierce and its replay near the end demonstrates how cleverly the movie toys with viewers' comprehension and recollection of the scene.
In a recent online essay, I survey some major ways in which people thinking about cinema have floated psychological explanations for filmmakers' creative choices. I would welcome feedback and discussion on the SCSMI Forum.