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Film And Movement Essay

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Photographic technologies brought with them the ability to freeze and capture for unlimited time a specific moment in time and space. However, these technologies also arose issues surrounding concepts of art and reproduction right along side depiction of reality through certain medium. Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and Siegfried Kracauer’s, “Basic Concepts,” in Theory of Film, seek to convey the relationship between film and its ability to capture movement in time, concentrating in film’s qualities as a medium and its representation of reality. Nevertheless, they disclosed divergent, yet, related ideas and concepts about the representation ...view middle of the document...

But through film, a “studio-build setting convey the impression of actuality, so that the spectator feels he is watching events which might have occurred in real-life and have been photograph on the spot” (34).In the other hand, Benjamin, aids by explaining, how a “stage actor is presented to the public [...][like conventional stage acts,but] he is represented by a camera. [Which] [...] constantly changes position with respect to the performance” (228). Both Kracauer and Benjamin see film as a concept of physical reality and lifelike representation. But the unique ability of film to capture time and represented through the camera allows some aspects of reality to be seen, aspects of an image come alive, more present, those aspects hidden to the naked eye. Film works as a sideline to explore reality. In a sense, photography and film allow the spectator to see images which have escape the “natural vision.”
Notwithstanding, Benjamin and Kracauer view the capturing of movement differently. Benjamin hints that the capturing of time in,for instance in a stage, takes away the presence/existence of the actor, thus taking the Aura away. Benjamin states that “aura is tied to his presence; there can be no replica of it. The aura which, on stage emanates from [the actor], cannot be separated for the spectators from that of the actor.[Thus][...] the aura that envelops the actor vanishes, and with it the aura of the figure he portrays” (229). Film is the representation of time, a copy of the original sequence in real life.Now lets take Mona Lisa, for example, if the original copy was destroyed, its aura would vanish with it. You would not a be able see a copy and have the same reaction as you would to the original, it is just not the one that matters. However, in film if the original stock was destroyed, though it would have an impact, the Aura of it would have to be with its copies. Benjamin however does not agree, according to his classification, the presence that should have been created by the actor does not even exist. Benjamin also states that “In principle a work of art has always been reproducible. Man made artifacts could always be imitated by men” (218). I agree with Benjamin’s statement, however, he also conveys the concept of...

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