A Brief History of Invisibility in Film

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Invisibility is divisive. Would it bring out the best in you, or bring out your darker urges? Marc Longenecker takes a deep dive into the history, and allure, of this superpower on film.
As a film professor who studies adaptations and series, I’m most interested in the versatility of these invisible characters. They can star in cautionary tales or embody underdog heroes; they can act as vessels for social critique or vehicles for masochistic power fantasies.

 This alluring fantasy has long been fodder for filmmakers, many of whom have taken cues from the eponymous character in H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel, The Invisible Man.

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