The Nature of Film in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
An exploration of the significance of reproducibility in the world of film.
The paper discusses the reproducibility of film on a global scale and its impact on the film industry as well as on cultures and cultural relations. The paper discusses whether the reproduction of the image needs to be an exact duplicate of the original and explores the ways in which a film’s reproducibility can affect an audience. The paper also examines the ways that reproduction itself is handled within the world of film.
`One of the most important developments in terms of artistic representation that has developed this century has been the motion picture. The revolutionary nature of film is perhaps a little lost to us due to the saturation we receive from the media; we rarely consider the significance of being able to see moving pictures of places and indeed times that we have not experienced in our own lifetime. In this the reproducibility of film is very important. It allows the common man to see, hear and try to understand events that would otherwise have had no influence on him whatsoever. In recent years with the rise of cinema (especially in America) film has had an increasingly large influence on not only on local but global ideologies. Films are seen all over the world, actors and actresses are celebrated to an almost divine status. Because of global distribution and the popularity of the stars, the money involved has swollen the film industry to an enormous degree and all this is due to the reproducibility of film.`