In a Moment: Film and the Philosophy of Modernity
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The category of 'moment' emerges from the very centre of the modern experience. The intensity with which the feeling of 'now' appears, together with the intensity, with which it disappears, make the experience of the moment emblematic of the age of 'shock' and 'intensity of sensual stimulation', by showing the wide difference between the sensual experience and conceptual understanding, between seeing and knowing. This is how 'moment' is described by Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger. From there, film is only a moment away. Both earlier, nineteenth century, Marey and Muybridge's experiments with photography, and later reflections of Jean Epstein on photogeny and Sergei Eisenstein's work of 'attraction' show, that cinematographic movement and the experience of cinema séance express the key contradictions of the modern experience, between the intensity of sensual experience and the elusiveness of knowing.
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