Caroline Maclean: Modernists at the Movies, 10 September 2009
Show More The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period by Laura Marcus.
Oxford, 562 pp., £39, December 2007, 978 0 19 923027 3Show More
“... You will see that this little clicking contraption with the revolving handle will make a revolution in our life – in the life of writers,’ Tolstoy allegedly said on his 80th birthday, in 1908. It is difficult, now, to recapture the excitement that greeted the first moving images. The new magical machine, it was variously believed, could bring the dead back to life, enable people to travel in time and space, arouse sexual desire, speak (silently) in a universal language, and offer magnified and telescopic views of reality ...”