Why Movies Are So (much more) Important (than the other arts)

Stanley Cavell interconnects the questions “What is art?” and “What is the importance of art?” He discovers that only movies are generally important, while music, paintings, novels etc. are not. In describing the conditions under which movies are made, he prepares the answers for the question “What is film?”

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The Movies Provide the Myth of Lived Democracy

In “More of The World Viewed” of his The World Viewed Stanley Cavell claims that movies provide the myth of lived democracy against the myth of ruled democracy. But they cannot provide it by showing democracy at work, since that would made it a mere utopia. He explains this by referring to the 30ies’ comedies.

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My kid could do this as well – Das könnte mein Kind auch – Mon enfant pourrait faire ça aussi

When it comes to some creations of modern art some people claim that they or their children could do this as well. Are they overrating themselves or their children? And can you find some criteria, at least one criterion, to distinguish a child’s picture from a modern artist’s painting? A playful and slippery attempt to revolve around these questions and respective answers.

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