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War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception Paperback – July 17, 1989

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (July 17, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860919285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860919285
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a friend lent this to me. i know this book is nearly 30 years old, but the concepts are still particular relevant, considering the laser research and technology he’s talking about are just about finishing up right about now(2016); some of which i believe was just beginning at about the time he finished writing this.

couldn’t make much sense of war and cinema at the start of it. though, throughout i began to unwind what he was trying to do.

virillio was interpreting cinema as having profound influence on war itself and vice versa; cinema beginning as tools to assist war and then eventually light itself becoming the weapon. it’s undoubtedly pretentious in it’s language and certainly overreaching conceptually at times, but again the concepts presented in war and cinema are absolutely mind-bending which kept me reading; that is, his attempts to view war from such a perspective was ballsy enough for me to keep reading and I’m glad i did.

i think the last chapter of this book is alone worth reading. he really had his work cut of for him and it seems he did his research; again it actually was fun to read at times and intellectually tickling.

he constantly reminds the reader of the elimination of time and space through cinema which is fun to think about and something i hadn’t really considered. i think i tried to hard to determine whether his argument was “true” or not, whether cinema had in fact influenced war to such a degree. eventually, i read out of pure curiosity because the argument is so difficult to make, but yet he still tries to make it and it’s fun to think about.
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War and Cinema, violence and spectacle. Hitler watching "Gone with the Wind" with Lenni Reifenstahl and Albert Speer. A brilliant study full of intuition on the development of war technologies in 20th century and the way they were influencing and influenced by vision and perception technologies.
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