Reaction Paper On Shadow Magic

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Reaction essay on movie “Shadow Magic” and article “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin

Noor Inas Aliah Binti Mohamad Zahari 1132701133

Describe two parts of the Shadow Magic movie that reminded you of the article “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction” by Walter Benjamin. Please state timeline. (5%)

There are a few elements of some scenes in the movie Shadow Magic by Ann Hu that reminded me of the article The Work of Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin. In my opinion, I feel that the scene (00:28:00 - 00:29:00) where Liu voluntarily (without Raymond Wallace’s acknowledgment or permission) tried to attract the people in the streets and convince them to
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This is comparable to the situation of the work of art in prehistoric times when, by the absolute emphasis on its cult value, it was, first and foremost an instrument of magic. Only later did it come to be recognized as a work of art.” (Benjamin 1968: 301 - V) This section of the article explains what we now call art had a very different function then as it was usually assumed and was closely linked to religion, magic and ritual. And in time, only did they identify it as…show more content…
These two sections of the article can be closely identified in relation to the scenes I have chosen from Shadow Magic earlier.

Explain why you chose the two paragraphs/sections from the article. How does those paragraphs/sections relate to the movie. *The focus should be on explaining your understanding of the paragraphs with support from movie. (10%)

The 1868 article by Walter Benjamin; The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction gives us a lot to think about. Benjamin claimed that a work of art is characterized by an aura, which the viewer perceives as a spell that devotes them to a certain materialistic element. This proclamation in the section of the article I have stated regarding the people of prehistoric time and their way of recognizing a work of art suits the scene stated above which depicts the misconception (supposedly related to magic and rituals) that the people from the earlier civilizations had about occurrences of anything unaccustomed and new to
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