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Inscribing Cinema: Sylviane Agacinski (2003) Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia

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Inscribing Cinema in Sylviane Agacinski's Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia Film Philosophy, 10.2 September, 2006 Inscribing Cinema Kristi McKim Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York Sylviane Agacinski, Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia Trans. Jody Gladding European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Ed. Lawrence D. Kritzman New York: Columbia UP, 2003 ISBN 0-231-12514-3 212 pp Leo Charney opens his essay ‘In a Moment: Film and the Philosophy of Modernity’ by outlining the temporal and experiential anxieties that define post-1870 transformations of modernity: ‘In the midst of this environment of fleeting sensations and ephemeral distractions, critics and philosophers sought to identify the possibility of experiencing a moment’ (1995, 279). Writers who regard the ‘modern as momentary’ claim that movement evacuates stable presence, thereby causing a ‘split between sensation, which feels the moment in the moment, and cognition, which recognizes the moment only after the moment’ (1995, 279). Through the writings of Walter Pater, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, and Jean Epstein, Charney impressively reviews the sensorial and experiential moment. He helpfully puts these concepts into direct dialogue with film theories of attraction (by Tom Gunning, Sergei Eisenstein, Jacques Aumont, Eadweard Muybridge, and Etienne-Jules Marey). Charney moves toward a conclusion that directly equates ‘the experience of film to the experience of daily life in modernity. The experience of cinema mirrored the wider epistemological experience of modernity. Modern subjects (re)discovered their place McKim, Kristi (2006) ‘Inscribing Cinema’. Film Philosophy. v. 10, n. 2, pp. 67 – 81. <>. ISBN 1466-4615 online 67 Film Philosophy, 10.2 September, 2006 as buffers between past and future by (re)experiencing this c

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