By Peter Szendy,Samuel Weber,Will Bishop
Apocalypse-cinema is, while and with an analogous double blow, the top of the realm and the tip of the movie. 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 climate. The innumerable countdowns, superb radiations, freeze-overs, and seismic cracks and crevices are yet different names and pretexts for staging movie itself, with its economic 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 probability of cinema. And it bears witness to the truth that, each time, in every movie, what Jean-Luc Nancy referred to as the cine-world is uncovered at the verge of disappearing.
In a Postface especially 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 merely the ashes it bears to be heard.
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