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 medium only if the visuals take the lead in them.

For sound films to be true to the basic aesthetic principle, their significant communications must originate with their pictures. (p 103 theory of film- Siegfried Kracauer)

The use of movement in film can easily be considered unnecessary after the introduction of sound. But movement, still being more aesthetically pleasing than sound during a film. Consider the two images above; if these scenes were played for you during a film and all the subjects were in relatively minimal movement. But during both scenes the sound of police sirens overlaps. Most would have a tendency, that the couple is being chased. In the other sense you would just have a simple tendency that the men fell asleep with the television on. Even during a montage still images are easily used to provoke emotional response. But the slow panning over the image during the montage does add a more cinematic technique.

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  1. By the way, the picture at the bottom of the couple is from an obscure french film called “That Man From Rio” with Jean Paul Bellmondo and Francois Dorleac (sister to Catherine Denuve). Just thought you might like to know.

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