Urban optics: film, phantasmagoria and the city in Benjamin and Kracauer

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2007 Number 61

Urban optics: film, phantasmagoria and the city in Benjamin and Kracauer
Graeme Gilloch, pages -

Abstract

This article examines Siegfried Kracauer’s and Walter Benjamin’s writings on the relationship between the metropolis, the most modern human habitat, and film, the most modern cultural medium. Benjamin combines film and architecture in the notion of ‘distraction’, while Kracauer’s ‘improvisation’ formulates a radical disjuncture between them. ‘Improvisation’ is central to Kracauer’s ideas about film and the city as manifestations of the modern collective unconscious, despite his emphasis on ‘camera reality’.

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Graeme Gilloch (2007) Urban optics: film, phantasmagoria and the city in Benjamin and Kracauer, New Formations, 2007(61), -

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