ESSAY : “Breaking Through”
1) “ATTRACTIONS VS. STORIES” Read the Tom Gunning article carefully and discuss the tension between the popular “Cinema of Attractions” that Gunning discusses and the desire for stories. How did technological breakthroughs contribute to either of these audiences desires?
2) “ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION”
A) Discuss Walter Benjamin’s idea of mechanically reproduced art versus the individual work of art.
B)Walter Benjamin makes an analogy: that the “painter is to the magician” as the “cameraman is to the surgeon.” What does this analogy actually mean? Re-read the essay and find this part if you’re not sure…