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By: Walter Benjamin

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 2: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction
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The artistic performance of a stage actor is definitely presented to the public by the actor in person; that of the screen actor, however, is presented by a camera, with a twofold consequence. The camera that presents the performance of the film actor to the public need not respect the performance as an integral whole. Guided by the cameraman, the camera continually changes its position with respect to the performance. The sequence of positional views which the editor composes from the material supplied him constitutes the completed film. It comprises certain factors of movement which are in reality those of the camera, not to mention special ...

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