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Motion(less) PicturesThe Cinema of Stasis$
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Justin Remes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169639

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169639.001.0001

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Static Cinema in the Digital Age

(p.137) 6 Conclusion
Motion(less) Pictures

Justin Remes

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter discusses the future of the cinema of stasis in the “postcinematic” era. The “death” of cinema was perhaps inevitable, given the rise of VHS and DVD, pay-per-view, TiVo, Netflix streaming videos, and other similar technologies that enable home viewing. While it is easy to think about how such technological developments have displaced the ambience—perhaps even the aura—of the traditional movie theater, it should be remembered that they also offer opportunities. Digital film can make substantive and compelling contributions to the cinema of stasis. Films can now be stripped not only of the movement of the camera and elements within the mise-en-scène, but even of the suggestion of movement provided by the combination of the film grain. Digital film also allows static films to be perceptually indistinguishable from a photograph.

Keywords:   cinema of stasis, postcinematic era, death of cinema, home viewing, movie theater, digital film, static films

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