By Mary Ann Doane
Hailed because the everlasting list of fleeting moments, the cinema emerged on the flip of the 19th century as an unheard of technique of shooting time--and this at a second while disciplines from physics to philosophy, and ancient traits from industrialization to the growth of capitalism, have been remodeling the very concept of time. In a piece that itself captures and reconfigures the passing moments of paintings, heritage, and philosophy, Mary Ann Doane indicates how the cinema, representing the singular immediate of likelihood and ephemerality within the face of the expanding explanation and standardization of the day, participated within the structuring of time and contingency in capitalist modernity. At this book's middle is the cinema's crucial paradox: temporal continuity conveyed via "stopped time," the fast succession of nonetheless frames or frozen photographs. Doane explores the position of this paradox, and of notions of the temporal indeterminacy and instability of a picture, in shaping not only cinematic time but in addition glossy rules approximately continuity and discontinuity, archivability, contingency and determinism, and temporal irreversibility. A compelling meditation at the prestige of cinematic wisdom, her e-book is usually an inquiry into the very middle and soul of modernity.
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The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive by Mary Ann Doane