Film Review : The Death Of Cinema

2045 Words Jun 9th, 2015 9 Pages
CRITICALLY DISCUSS ANY OF THE FILMS SCREENED IN THE COURSE IN RELATION TO DISCOURSES SURROUNDING THE “DEATH OF CINEMA”. WHY ARE SUCH IDEAS/DISCOURSES ATTRACTIVE TO PARTICULAR FILMMAKERS AND TYPES OF CINEMA?

Notions surrounding the “death of cinema” have been infiltrating cinema discourses for many years now. As we move away from cinema in its ‘purist’ form, we have almost completely transitioned into the digital age, and with this transition, ideas and opinions on the ultimate fate of cinema have become more popular and important. Many contribute technological advances in film as the driving force behind the dissolution of cinema’s distinctive art form. Yet this involuntary “transformation” of cinema is but one “death” in a group of discourses. As Michael Witt (1999) summarizes in his article The death(s) of cinema according to Godard, cinema has suffered not a single death, but “a series of deaths”. Jean-Luc Godard has for many decades been at the forefront of the discussion surrounding the death of Cinema.

For the purpose of this essay, I will investigate the death of cinema as a series of deaths: three as identified by Jean-Luc Godard, as well as the ideas surrounding the ‘modern death’ of cinema – technological change and the corporatisation of film. Furthermore, I will aim to understand why such discourses hold such importance to certain auteurs and types of cinema.

“Le cinema s 'est arrete dans les annees 20 avec le muet” translated into - Cinema stopped in the…
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