By means of an in-depth exegesis of André Bazin’s () film critical work, this study explains the significance of his notion of “myth” in relation to history. According to Andre Bazin films are just the representation of the society. But he feels films are more than that, if films are given more attention. The Myth of Total Cinema Andre Bazin in his article, The Myth of Total Cinema, asserts that motivation behind cinema is realism. He explains his theory by.

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Bazin goes on to explain that: He explains his theory by examining the technology of cinema. The solution for Manovich and others is that the cinema has at least two parents, a history of animation and a history of photography, neither of which can claim sole custody of their child.

Or better, that the photographic image itself is reality. Every new development added to the cinema must, paradoxically, take it nearer and nearer to its origins. Newer Post Older Post Home. He argued that no technology or monetary investment can make it look realistic.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Now there is some ambiguity here since an image on a movie screen is also where the same image, on our retina, appears to be otherwise located, outside of ourselves, on the screen.


What is obviously at issue in much of contemporary theory is not really any philosophical problem with the concept of reality as such — ie. How to Write a Thematic Essay.

This artistic development of technology has aided many in creating their imagination that are beyond reality. Technology will only help to make it look more real. No, it will forever remain invoked but unexplained. What Bazin is arguing is that photography is that which certain painters up until the invention of photography had been otherwise only able to represent through their art — the idea of photography, since photography had not yet been invented.

Cinema is not only icnema tool for reproduction of nature but also an apparatus for fantasy and dreams. He is stating that a real cinema is established by those who dream of cinema as a replicate of nature. Bazin theories explained that even though new technology will come up in the future, the height and volume of realism will be infinite.

Bazin states that The Real primitives of the cinema, existing only in the imaginations of a few men of the nineteenth century, are in complete imitation of nature.

Posted by meghana at A real image is defined as that image which would occupy a screen such as a movie totsl. Each to their own. Realism is the attempt or aim of objectivity — enabled by mechanical reproduction of reality.


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Bazin goes on to explain that our understanding of cinema should not derive from the technology but from the reality that is perceived through the reproduction. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A virtual image, on the othr hand, is where an otherwise real image for example on our retina appears to be located outside ourselves in space.

The virtual component of the retinal image appears located in the mirror but conema is no corresponding real component a screen imageoccupying the same location within the mirror. How to Write a Good Case Study. Bazin attempts to add to this position by examining the history and emergence of the oc of cinema.

Analysis of Myth of Total Cinema: Bazin

The virtual component of the retinal image tofal the real component of the movie screen image, coincide with each other, at the same location in space: You are commenting using your Twitter account. Reddit Twitter Email Print Facebook. It is understandable from this point of view that it would be absurd to cineam the silent film as a state of primal perfection which has gradually been forsaken by the realism of sound and colour.