The Lying Camera and the Irrational Viewer

Does watching a movie ever cause you to question reality?

Flannery Wilson
Aug 13, 2020 · 6 min read
Surrealism in film.
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In the second volume of What is Cinema?, French New Wave critic André Bazin remarks that cinema is compelling insofar as it maintains a delicate balance between realism and artifice.

Bazin goes a step further, arguing that artifice engenders realism in cinema.