Evolution of the "Screen-on-Screen" Motif in the Cinema | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online


The motif of a screen as an element of the figurative matter of film is analyzed in the article. The author focuses on the period of silent cinema, when the main models of the use of "screen-on-screen" are formed. This motif can have different interpretations. The diegetic screen plays the role of the magical level of reality. It is also shown as a part of technical devices, fantastic and real. But the most significant and dramatic type of diegetic screen is precisely the screen in the cinema, the screen reality of cinema. The article examines the evolution of the attitude to screen reality: from a dismissive attitude, understanding it as a strange attraction to the perception of screen reality as the highest, ideal reality, getting into which becomes a dream for the characters.


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