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Awaiting the Gaming Potemkin

Joseph Ford, Thunderbolt writes:
In her essay “Film and Theatre”, Susan Sontag notes that “the history of cinema is often treated as the history of its emancipation from theatre.” She then goes on to deconstruct this point, but the essence of the claim holds true – for the first few decades of its life, narrative filmmaking was interested more in filmed plays than in exploring the potential of cinema as its own medium. The turning point was Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925), where a property unique to film (editing) was used to tell the story. As Chris Hecker notes “[filmmakers] had to figure out the things they could do that theatre couldn’t.” In doing so, cinema declared its independence.

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