Material properties of historical film in the digital age

by Barbara Flueckiger In his landmark study The Virtual Life of Film, David N. Rodowick rephrases André Bazin’s famous question ‘what is cinema?’ using the past tense: ‘what was cinema?’ He notes that, paradoxically, film studies is dealing with an object that no longer exists; it ceased existing as an object of study in the […]

The care for opacity: On Tsai Ming-Liang’s conservative filmic gesture

by Erik Bordeleau A thin veneer of immediate reality is spread over natural and artificial matter, and whoever wishes to remain in the now, with the now, on the now, should please not break its tension film. – Vladimir Nabokov, Transparent Things 1. Transparent things The opening generic of Tsai Ming-Liang’s Face (2009) has just […]