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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He was an idealist, not an idiot.

Technology was an ad on to achieve realism. The reflection we see in a mirror can be regarded as the virtual component of what is otherwiseas constituted on our retina, which would be the real component. The invention of photography is then the realisation of that idea. He is stating that a real cinema is established by those who dream ajdre cinema as a myty of nature. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In another words, the essential drive to reproduce the real led to the production of technology.

This is not to say that the virtual is ignored. To put it another way, if in baroque painting work must be done to bring objectivity to it we can think of photography requiring work to be done to bring subjectivity to it.

Bazin goes on to explain that:.


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On the contrary, an approximate and complicated visualization of an idea invariably precedes the industrial discovery which alone can open the way to its practical use. Bazon to Write a Thematic Essay.

These are not necessarily two different images. To the surrealists Bazin turns for clarification on this:. A limited time offer! If cinema in its cradle lacked all the attributes of the cinema to come, it was with reluctance bazjn because its fairy guardians were unable to provide them however much they would have liked to.

Realism means getting imaginative idea in to existence. This site uses cookies.

This site uses cookies. The realist ideal is the unburdening of subjectivity and a release from the ravages and restrictions of time. Bazin attempts to add to this position by examining the history and emergence of the technology of cinema.

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Bazin, at least, gives us an image of what he means by reality. Otherwise, the first hazy images of a person recorded on film would have sufficed. Inventors of photography and cinema thought about what they will show andrf reproduce primarily to how they will achieve the reality of the world.

This artistic development of technology has aided many in creating their imagination that are beyond reality. He even has to fall back on a fairy metaphor:.

It also means that the time is not restricted. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Newer Post Older Post Home. In short, cinema has not yet been invented! Analysis of Myth of Total Cinema: Notify me of new comments via email.



What Bazin means is that the invention of technology was not to gain profit rather to replicate and reproduce our real world on screen. He argued that no technology or cinea investment can make it look realistic. To the surrealists Bazin turns for clarification on this: 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.

Bazin is reaffirming why he asserts that realism is cinema. It can be argued, I too agree, that the development of technology was created for the purpose of recreating nature, but the development of technology has advanced artistically.

Painting will be freed from the work required to give it a sense of objectivity and photography will be freed from the work required to give it a sense of subjectivity. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: For example, the film, Inception, contains scenes that are impossible to film in reality. University of California Press Ltd,pp.