Film Theory: Walter Benjamin

What I learned from Walter Benjamin:

Modern technologies  like film and photography, one welcome  because of their democratic force.  In the new technologies , nature becomes absorbed  into culture.

Benjamin’s rejection of the notion of history as a rationally cumulative or necessarily progressive experience.

His messianic faith that human endeavors exist in relation to the promise of eternal redemption.

He suggested that the work itself is the death mask of the idea.

Inspiration is endlessly more alluring than reification.

The dream is more compelling than the deal.

“There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such, a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the manner in which it was  transmitted  from one owner to another.”