Posts tagged "Béla Balázs"
“Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows…” The Role of Body and Senses in Various “First Contact” Narratives

“Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows…” The Role of Body and Senses in Various “First Contact” Narratives

If we look at the first descriptions about the early audience’s collective or individual responses to moving images at the turn of the century, we see a picture with many layers. Whether they are refuted myths (like the “train effect”), late interpretations (like “astonishment”, “stupefying effect” by Tom Gunning), or subjective, first-person reports (like Maxim ...
Mechanical Motion and Body Movements in Early Cinema and in Hungarian Film Theory of the 1920s

Mechanical Motion and Body Movements in Early Cinema and in Hungarian Film Theory of the 1920s

The terms “movement” and “motion” are the master signifiers of the turn of the 20th century, capturing the spectacular changes in the perception of space and time, as well as changes in their scientific and technological accounts. By the end of the 19th century the concept of motion became a master term in physics, giving ...
Béla Balázs and the Eye of the Microscope

Béla Balázs and the Eye of the Microscope

In 1930, the film theorist Béla Balázs published what was his second volume on the theory of cinema, Spirit of Film. One of the reasons he gave for updating his readers since his book in 1924 was that during the seven years, the camera had moved “closer” [näher]. The thematic of “closeness” was not new ...