Traditionally, hyperrealistic mannequins have embodied the dream (or rather the nightmare) of animating the inanimate: by imitating the living model to such an extent that any distinction becomes (almost) impossible, they blur the threshold between life and inert matter. It thus comes as no surprise that wax figures have often been taken as a symbol of cinematic creation and its attempt to recreate motion (a quality immediately associated with life) by means of a sequence of static frames. By focusing on three classic movies-Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Paul Leni's Waxworks (1923) and Michael Curtiz's Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)-the essay explores the tension between reality and unreality as the crux of cinema tout court.

Cinema, Phenomenology and Hyperrealism / P. Conte - In: Bodies of Stone in the Media, Visual Culture and the Arts / [a cura di] A. Violi, B. Grespi, A. Pinotti, P. Conte. - [s.l] : Amsterdam University Press, 2020. - ISBN 9789089648525. - pp. 169-177 [10.1515/9789048527069-011]

Cinema, Phenomenology and Hyperrealism

P. Conte
2020

Abstract

Traditionally, hyperrealistic mannequins have embodied the dream (or rather the nightmare) of animating the inanimate: by imitating the living model to such an extent that any distinction becomes (almost) impossible, they blur the threshold between life and inert matter. It thus comes as no surprise that wax figures have often been taken as a symbol of cinematic creation and its attempt to recreate motion (a quality immediately associated with life) by means of a sequence of static frames. By focusing on three classic movies-Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Paul Leni's Waxworks (1923) and Michael Curtiz's Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)-the essay explores the tension between reality and unreality as the crux of cinema tout court.
Aesthetics; Hyperrealism; German expressionism; Wax figures; Unreality
Settore M-FIL/04 - Estetica
Settore L-ART/06 - Cinema, Fotografia e Televisione
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