Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World by Peter Szendy, Will Bishop, Samuel Weber

By Peter Szendy, Will Bishop, Samuel Weber

Apocalypse-cinema is not just the tip of time that has so usually been staged as spectacle in motion pictures like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Terminator. through blockbusters that play with common annihilation whereas additionally paying shut awareness to movies like Melancholia, Cloverfield, Blade Runner, and Twelve Monkeys, this ebook means that within the apocalyptic style, movie gnaws at its personal limit.

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

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

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

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The bearded man living in the house 24 )) TER MINATOR, O R TH E ARCH ETR AVELING SH OT jumps through the window and lands on a mattress that seems to have been placed there just to break his fall. And when the bedding also flies away in a gust of wind, Keaton stands up, shaken and bewildered by all this fury: He rubs his neck, shakes his head, and seems to take his time while the facade gains speed in its inexorable fall. But as it falls over him, at the last second, he escapes what seemed certain death by squashing: He was standing where the open window was placed.

So it happens faster than was predicted (which is in fact the very formula of the disaster movie). Today, now, and right away, but starting from tomorrow, counting backwards on the basis of what we see coming: To state this distended regime of apocalyptic arrivance, the South Park episode alludes to another of Roland Emmerich’s superproductions, The Day After Tomorrow, 2004, placed under the sign of a general freeze-over during a new glacial era. We will have to linger with this film for a bit in order to see the immobility at work in it, to see the solidification of cinematic motion and emotion working at the very heart of the most apparently turbulent reels.

In this postapocalyptic era yet to come, pregnancies will be strictly controlled, and robots and androids tend to replace humans in most of their functions, including—it’s a very new invention—in their filial role; Dave (Haley Joel Osment), a prototype created by the Cybertronics Company, will be capable of eternal love for the one who, by initializing him, becomes his mother, Monica Swinton (Frances O’Connor). , OR THE FREEZE (( 45 When he leaves, it’s late. We can just barely make out the last rays of a setting sun.

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