Bazin and Adorno on Cinema and Realism
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The paper looks at how Andre Bazin, in his discussion of how the cinematic and photographic media relate to the crisis of realism in Western art in the 19th and 20th centuries, argues that the popular belief that these media objectively reproduce reality gives these media a "credibility" among the general public that transcends that of the other arts. The paper explains the opposing views of Theodore Adorno, who argued that the origins of cinema in industrial production is of prime concern in analyzing the products and effects of this medium, Bazin contends that the "ideal" of the cinematic medium takes precedence over the incidental fact that it was developed by industrialists and business interests. The paper argues that while it is undeniable that film is created in the context of a cultural industry, Bazin's insights regarding the origins of its psychological power over the mass audience are critical to our appreciation of how film can function as a vehicle of both commercial and popular interests. The paper shows, however, how the theoretical perspectives of both Bazin and Adorno are flawed in not considering the complex relationship between cinema and "realism" in terms of style, aesthetics and the role of the author.
From the Paper:"This production by automatic means has radically affected our psychology of the image. The objective nature of photography confers on it a quality of credibility absent all other picture making. . . . (Bazin "Ontology" 13) Andre Bazin, in his discussion of how the cinematic and photographic media relate to the crisis of realism in Western art in the 19th and 20th centuries, argues that the popular belief that these media objectively..."
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