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Lukácsian film theory and cinemaA study of Georg Lukács’ writings on film, 1913-71$
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Ian Aitken

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078842

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078842.001.0001

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‘Thoughts Towards an Aesthetic of the Cinema’

‘Thoughts Towards an Aesthetic of the Cinema’

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(p.180) (p.181) 7 ‘Thoughts Towards an Aesthetic of the Cinema’
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Lukácsian film theory and cinema
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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078842.003.0007

This chapter compares the aesthetics of cinema and the theatre. Cinema is a new and cheaper competitor to the theatre. It also could eventually come to replace theatre as a result of the technology employed in cinema and a better performance of the actors, as opposed to the theatre, which is dependent upon the inconsistency of accessible performers, and performance. The chapter, however, presents an argument concerning the absence of the ‘present’ being-here of the actors and states that they merely have movements but no ‘souls’.

Keywords:   aesthetics, cinema, theatre, technology, performers, performance, actors, soul

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