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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Each to their own. If the sets were straightened out, the camera would record them as straight, not all wonky. During the developments which allowed the first films to come to life, there needed to be a goal.

Andr seems to have misidentified the reasons for the develoment of the cinematic apparatus.

Today, Icarus: On the persistence of André Bazin’s myth of total cinema

Notify me of new posts via email. Bazin reiterates this point when he states: But the aesthetic value will still remain the same. Without this understanding Bazin could very well appear to be promoting a cinema of the mirror, against which one could then argue the cinema can only be for better or worse deficient in this regard. This artistic development of technology has aided many in creating their imagination that are beyond reality.


Perhaps one built around abstraction, dream logic, expressionism etc? Or better, that the photographic image itself is reality.

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 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.

How to Write Essay in Third Person. The virtual component of the retinal image and the real component of the movie screen image, coincide with each other, at the same location in space: For example we would speak of a reflection in a mirror as being a virtual image since it refers to where the reflection appears to be in space.

Or that CGI artists otherwise represent in computer animation.

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You are commenting using your Fotal. What Bazin means is that the invention of technology was not to gain profit rather to replicate and reproduce our real world on screen. In Bazin this question is not in ttotal way better answered. Bazin goes on to state that: The result is cinema. This would tend to suggest the image on the movie screen is also virtual.


We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. The primacy of the image is both historically and technically accidental. As if it were not in need of such.

Andre Bazin co-founder of magazine cahiers du cinema started writing about films in University of California Press Ltd,pp. He argued for the inventors xinema photography and cinema were not just enough with getting technology for sale. Any account of the cinema that was drawn from technical invention that made it possible would be a poor one indeed.

Though he does argue that some were in it for totl profit of the aandre. In these words we see that Bazin is not at all investing in any virtual reality model of the cinema. 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.

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. Every new development added to the cinema must, paradoxically, take it nearer and nearer to its origins.

The photographic image is a reality in itself.

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