February 2007


“The cinema … is first of all plastic. It represents, in some way, an
architecture in movement that should be in constant accord,
in dynamically pursued equilibrium, with the setting and the
landscapes within which it rises and falls.”

“the cinema incorporates time to space. Better, time, through
this, really becomes a dimension of space.”

Faure quoted in Anthony Vidler, “The Explosion of Space: Architecture and the Filmic Imaginary,” Assemblage, No. 21. (Aug., 1993), pp. 44-59.

I am kino-eye. I am a builder. I have placed you, whom I’ve created
today, in an extraordinary room which did not exist until just now
when I also created it. In this room there are twelve walls shot by me
in various parts of the world. In bringing together shots of walls and
details, I’ve managed to arrange them in an order that is pleasing and
to construct with intervals, correctly, a film-phrase which is the room.
Dziga Vertov, 1923

Quoted in Anthony Vidler, p. 44

Canudo wrote the essay “The Birth of the Sixth Art” by 1911. In it, he called cinema the “plastic art in motion.” (See Wikipedia’s stub entry on Riccioto Canudo for a little more detail.)