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21ST CENTURY CINEMA: DEATH AND RESURRECTION IN THE DESERT OF THE (NEW) REAL

“I predict that all movies will be animated or computer-generated within 15 years.”

Bruce Goldstein, “Flashback: The Year in Movies,” Village Voice, Dec. 28, 1999

“It is in the nature of analogical worlds to provoke a yearning for the past. . . . The digital will wants to change the world.”

—D. N. Rodowick, The Virtual Life of Film (2007)

I. THE MYTH OF “THE MYTH OF TOTAL CINEMA”

Can we speak of a twenty-first-century cinema? If so, on what basis?

Writing in the aftermath of World War II, French film theorist André Bazin characterized cinema making as an essentially irrational enterprise—namely, the obsessive quest for that complete representation of reality he termed “total cinema.” This mystical guiding myth was, in Bazin’s view, a factor of cinema’s ontology—the medium’s “integral realism,” based on the camera’s objective gaze and the chemical reaction by which light left an

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