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The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time

by Alexander Kluge, Tamara Evans, Stuart Liebman
New German Critique ()


We about the the19th it is consideredthe summit speak operaof century; (ThePowerofEmotiono),pe- Gefiihle ra was likened to a "power plant of emotions." The film Carmenby CarlosSaurahas shown thatsuch older forms of dramaticarttap certain currentsin spectators;this is something we did not know before. Bound up with our own century is another "power plant of emo- tions" - the cinema. Presumably, in the next century, beginning six- teen from now, we will call it thecinema the20th This art years of century. form is ninety years old - a love affairof the century.The cinema con- sists of screening rooms, movie palaces, theaters on the front-lines, as well as many other gathering places, wherever films are shown for money. It also consists of a series of fascinating technical inventions which, though very elementary compared with the capabilitiesof elec- tronics, all have to do with with the construction of a time machine. This cinema tells stories and it has produced artisticfigures Kunst- figurenand idols. Obviously, this medium intrigues me.

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