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spectatorship an race of cinema

Franz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks addresses the process of the identity-formation of a member of the African-American race in a hostile environment.  The ontological position of the subject, Fanon argues, is compromised in the social realm.  While this can be said of any subject (Fanon gives the example of Sartre’s Jew), it can be […]

death of cinema

As time passes, media is being forced to redefine itself in new and unique ways: newspapers and magazines are forced to turn online as opposed to print and television is becoming more viewer-selected and streaming in nature. Film is equally faced with an uncertain future: few are able to predict the manner in which film […]

hidden in cinema

One of the unique gifts of the cinema is its ability to simultaneously entertain and affect viewers, prompting a host of feelings and actions through the combination of visuals and music. Research has been done to gauge the effectiveness film has in this regard, with numerous academics concluding that films can prompt individuals to take […]

third of cinema

The attempts of Third Cinema directors offer audiences and other filmmakers an insight into aesthetic values that contradict or transform those that have been made popular by Hollywood. The individual aesthetic and storytelling achievements of these filmmakers, though, do not carry a unique weight of activism that encourages distinct national styles and genres. Even though […]

mother of cinema

The discussion of auteur theory in these readings offers a number of important ideas about the way that film itself is understood. The very notion of auteur theory, in fact, prompts deep reflection on the notion of film as art, and, if this is accepted, who is to be seen as the artist. While this […]

essences of cinema

essences of cinema

Kracauer’s emphasis on camera movement and the use of technical properties to illustrate the difference between film and still photography in my opinion can easily be rejected. The pronounced misgivings in the period of transition to sound can be traced to the rising awareness that films with sound live up to the spirit of the […]

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