André Bazin: Part 1, Film Style Theory in its Historical Context
Donato Totaro~Offscreen
As time evolved so did the means of artistically replicating reality, from cave drawings, to mummification, to engraving, to painting, to photography, and to its (thus far) most convincing form, cinema. In the task of duplicating reality cinema has surpassed all other forms of representation. Bazin envisions each rung on cinema's evolutionary ladder as a step toward a more realistic depiction of the world. Since Bazin believes that the origins of an art reveal its nature, cinema's quest for realism supports his claim for an objective and pure cinema.
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