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MCM Student’s Favorite Film Just Pictures Of Horse Running

Published Friday, April 21st, 2017

Citing the “remarkable intertextuality” of the images, Modern Culture and Media concentrator Cecily Noah ’18 told sources on Monday that her favorite film is just those old pictures of a running horse. “Aesthetically, it’s clearly a masterpiece,” Noah said, referring to the twelve photographs by Eadweard Muybridge taken on a Victorian-era camera in 1886 that, when viewed in rapid succession, give off the illusion of motion, “but the brilliance of this film goes so far beyond that. The narrative structure [of the blurry photographs strung together] continuously defies expectations, and while the camerawork suggests cinema verite, the true brilliance [of the twelve nearly identical images placed near each other] lies in its conscious positioning on the precipice of post-modernism and neo-realism. Most of my classmates say something safe like Citizen Kane or Battleship Potemkin is their favorite movie, but I just think these images of the running horse bring so much more to the table, critically speaking.” At press time, Noah was inviting her friends to a screening of the pictures.

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