By Mary Ann Doane
Hailed because the everlasting checklist of fleeting moments, the cinema emerged on the flip of the 19th century as an extraordinary technique of taking pictures time--and this at a second while disciplines from physics to philosophy, and ancient tendencies from industrialization to the growth of capitalism, have been remodeling the very concept of time. In a piece that itself captures and reconfigures the passing moments of artwork, historical past, and philosophy, Mary Ann Doane exhibits how the cinema, representing the singular rapid of likelihood and ephemerality within the face of the expanding explanation and standardization of the day, participated within the structuring of time and contingency in capitalist modernity.
At this book's middle is the cinema's crucial paradox: temporal continuity conveyed via "stopped time," the swift succession of nonetheless frames or frozen photographs. Doane explores the position of this paradox, and of notions of the temporal indeterminacy and instability of a picture, in shaping not only cinematic time but additionally glossy principles approximately continuity and discontinuity, archivability, contingency and determinism, and temporal irreversibility. A compelling meditation at the prestige of cinematic wisdom, her booklet is usually an inquiry into the very middle and soul of modernity.
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