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By Peter Szendy, Will Bishop, Samuel Weber

ISBN-10: 0823264815

ISBN-13: 9780823264810

Apocalypse-cinema isn't just the top of time that has so frequently been staged as spectacle in motion pictures like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Terminator. via taking a look at blockbusters that play with normal annihilation whereas additionally paying shut recognition to motion pictures like Melancholia, Cloverfield, Blade Runner, and Twelve Monkeys, this booklet means that within the apocalyptic style, movie gnaws at its personal limit.

Apocalypse-cinema is, even as and with an analogous double blow, the tip of the area and the tip of the film. it's the consummation and the (self-)consumption of cinema, within the kind of an acinema that Lyotard evoked because the nihilistic horizon of filmic economic system. The innumerable countdowns, extraordinary radiations, freeze-overs, and seismic cracks and crevices are yet different names and pretexts for staging movie itself, with its economic climate of time and its rewinds, its overexposed photographs and fades to white, its freeze-frames and electronic touch-ups.

The apocalyptic style isn't just one style between others: It performs with the very stipulations of chance of cinema. And it bears witness to the truth that, each time, in each movie, what Jean-Luc Nancy referred to as the cine-world is uncovered at the verge of disappearing.

In a Postface particularly written for the English version, Szendy extends his argument right into a debate with speculative materialism. Apocalypse-cinema, he argues, publicizes itself as cinders that query the "ultratestimonial" constitution of the filmic gaze. The cine-eye, he argues, eludes the correlationism and anthropomorphic constitution that speculative materialists have positioned less than critique, permitting in basic terms the ashes it bears to be heard.

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But the passengers have survived. We end up seeing them emerge painfully from the ruins. Hud retraces his footsteps to pick up the camera he forgot and finds himself face to face with the monster. A mortal face-off whose detail is beyond CLOV ER FIELD, O R TH E H O LO C AUSE O F TH E DATE (( 19 us—the shooting is too chaotic—but that concludes with the fall first of the camera and then of Hud’s inert body into the grass. In front of the dead man’s bloody face, in front of his closed eyes, the lens constantly performs an automatic focus, as if it were moved by a spasmodic or reflex motion, like a body life has left but in which certain organic functions have not yet entirely been extinguished.

This means that we should say that all the chains of one by one destruction, all demolitions that spread like a house of cards or the fall of dominos are also ways for film to bring about the emergence and thematization of the dominant 32 )) 2012, OR PYROTECHNICS regime—which is also perhaps sovereign since it is uncontested—for the circulation of these signs. This regime is that of reference as a being-worth [valoir-pour]. This is what Lyotard, in “Acinema,” formulated in the following terms: Every movement put forward sends back to something else, is inscribed as a plus or minus on the ledger book which is the film, is valuable [vaut] because it returns to something else, because it is thus potential return and profit.

1968, January, February. . ” He crosses off the square for September 5. He takes off the plank that locks the door from the inside. And goes out. The Last Man on Earth (Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, 1964) is the first film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend. Every day in it seems like every other, each night like each night. Passing time passes only like the needle of a phonograph that, in the morning, when the vampires have disappeared, skips and gets stuck in the last empty 8 )) THE L AST MAN ON EARTH, OR FILM AS COUNTDOWN But it is a witness that can witness only if someone else in turn witnesses in some way for its testimony.

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