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phantasm

(in the philosophy of Plato) objective reality as distorted by perception
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Phantasm, from the animated theatrical release Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).

Phantasm

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An “Angel of Death” appears in Gotham City, a shrouded executioner with a skull-like faceplate, slicing through crimelords with a wrist-mounted scythe, then vanishing supernaturally into a wisp of fog. Batman is blamed for the murders, placing the Dark Knight in double jeopardy as he hunts down this vexing vigilante while evading an unremitting police force. Complicating his life is the return of Andrea Beaumont, the first love of the man behind the Bat-mask, Bruce Wayne. And thus begins one of Batman's most personal stories, his heart torn asunder by a flame that still flickers, and his flesh endangered by the blade of the merciless supervillain known as Phantasm. This most poignant of Batman stories … is a cartoon. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a 76-minute animated film directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, was released theatrically on Christmas Day 1993. A spin-off of television's Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995), Phantasm was envisioned as a made-for-video feature but was upgraded to theatrical status shortly into its production (to producer Warner Bros.' chagrin; the movie performed poorly at the box office, but it later became a home-video favorite). Phantasm was inspired by the Reaper, the slayer in DC Comics' 1987 “Batman: Year Two” storyline. While not as graphic as comics' Reaper (to maintain the film's PG rating), Phantasm's screen presence was buttressed by atmospheric moodiness—the villain's emergence from and disappearance into the fog, plus eerie orchestral nuances by soundtrack composer Shirley Walker— that might have escaped the character had Phantasm originated on the comic-book page. Although the film's revelation (spoiler warning!) that Wayne's love interest Andrea (Dana Delany) was actually Phantasm surprised only the acutely naive (as well as a few little boys who bought the tie-in Phantasm action figure, removed its forbidding cloak, and gasped, “Hey, it's a girl!”), the exceptionally well-made, Art Deco-esque Mask of the Phantasm was, until the release of 2005's live-action Batman Begins, regarded by many Dark Knight devotees as the best Batman movie ever produced.
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The phantasm usually shows itself to Veronica as a dark and faceless figure.
According to the Averroists' first explanation, a single intelligible species has two subjects, the separate possible intellect itself and the phantasms found in human persons.
To avoid possible misunderstandings, let me add this: when I talk about the recreation of the phantasm of the event by the phantasm of the word, one could infer that I am concerned with the "translation" of a certain event.
It's 32 or 33 years since the first film," Coscarelli says, "and people want another installment of Phantasm, with the same cast.
What distinguishes poetry from the brute phantasm is that the universals that characterize works of art have as their basis concepts, judgments, and arguments that have already been abstracted from brute phantasms.
While she identifies "Jewish Berlin" as a phantasm, the author argues that the contemporary texts "probe the reality of a political concept" (90), namely a multicultural German society in which Jews as well as other minorities can claim a space.
Being old and recent in the same moment, now, perhaps I am haunting the same phantasm through the entire human figure.
Photographs and images interspersed with the text give shape and substance to the phantasm of the author, and give the work a hybrid quality that reinforces the hybridity of its individual parts.
A look back shadowed with the ghostly sneer of the metropolis that was to be an epiphany and turned out to be a phantasm without the original, the Foucauldian false copy.
Socialists knew that as an agency for bringing peace and prosperity to all, the UN's earlier incarnation, the League of Nations, was doomed to failure because, to quote the Socialist Standard in 1919, it was "a mere phantasm, a spineless, parchment entity which can have no power or influence in the real world: the world of strife for economic interests".
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5) In this visually-privileged scheme, language and abstract concepts need to be converted into phantasms in order to reach the soul or, as loan Couliano has succinctly remarked, 'the phantasm has absolute primacy over the word'.