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Alexander Kluge: Brutalität in Stein

Film stands before a challenge, its material will always remain perceptions; montage allows us, however, to construct concepts. The smallest units of films, the parts called ‘shots,’ correspond to associations. In a film, the attempt by Joyce in Finnegan’s Wake or by Hans G. Helms to decompose words into their associative components and recompose them anew, would not fail because of problems of comprehension; it [film] is in any case assigned the task of producing at every moment new units of meaning by the editing together of perceptions …. Film has methods similar to polyphony of organizing material relationships. Not only can it set movements of speech and image in opposition, film can also produce in the tense spaces between speech and image still another movement in the spectator’s brain (not materialized in the film) which can furthermore stand in contrast to the film’s movements, and so forth.

Alexander Kluge: Brutalität in Stein

Film stands before a challenge, its material will always remain perceptions; montage allows us, however, to construct concepts. The smallest units of films, the parts called ‘shots,’ correspond to associations. In a film, the attempt by Joyce in Finnegan’s Wake or by Hans G. Helms to decompose words into their associative components and recompose them anew, would not fail because of problems of comprehension; it [film] is in any case assigned the task of producing at every moment new units of meaning by the editing together of perceptions …. Film has methods similar to polyphony of organizing material relationships. Not only can it set movements of speech and image in opposition, film can also produce in the tense spaces between speech and image still another movement in the spectator’s brain (not materialized in the film) which can furthermore stand in contrast to the film’s movements, and so forth.