Several days ago I wrote about Béla Balász’ thoughts on silent movies and promised to discuss them. That they discovered non-verbal communication (not to be mistaken with sign language) as expressing […]
Now, of what use is a fable? A fable that set words aside and altogether surrenders itself to pictures.
With regard to theistic religions the question is, whether there is an absolute good, almighty, and all-knowing God when there is the evil, physical as well as moral maladies. The intellectual defence of this God in face of physical and moral maladies are the different forms of what is called theodicy. However, in course of time, I got dissatisfied with and dismissive of this approach.
In order to put attention on themselves, so as to increase their own popularity, once in a while artists make use of the logic of scandal. And to be specific, by provoking. — However, I found my self being bored to death by this. Why?
Cavell claims, that photographs are meant to highlight the world’s presence to us, whereas paintings are meant to show our presence to the world. In other words, whereas paintings are world as a whole, photographs are of the world. What does that mean?
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?”
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.
A stage character is an independent entity created by a playwright. Contrary to this, a movie star is doubly bound. It’s bound to a single performer and to the public. How Stanley Cavell comes to this idea and what this idea means I will explain in the following.