"Asked me if I'd take the Savage to the feelies this evening. I must fly."
Poster for Warner Bros.' Don Juan (1926), the first major motion picture to premiere with a full-length synchronized soundtrack
Public DomainPoster for Warner Bros.' Don Juan (1926), the first major motion picture to premiere with a full-length synchronized soundtrack - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The feelies are films that allow the audience to experience the same physical sensations as the characters. The plots of feelies are always simple, and often involve sex.

The name 'feelies' is a reference to the nicknames 'movies' (moving pictures) and 'talkies' (films with sound). The first commercial screenings of talkies took place in the 1920s, and by the 1930s they had become a global phenomenon. For Huxley, the next technological advancement seemed clear: first movies, then talkies, then – in Brave New World – feelies. Recent innovations have seen more and more films appearing in 3D; perhaps feelies will indeed be the future.