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Cinema has two beginnings: the first, when ... the single spool of film flickered to life. Yet the second, in a way equally momentous, beginning of cinema could be said to follow some time later - when two strips of film were first spliced together to form: what? Another mode of narrative? Or maybe narrative itself - film narrative - for the first time? ... Still, what is so 'momentous' about this joining or splicing that impels us to pause on it and puzzle out its meaning? ... But the splice ... serves not merely as a pause - something that separates or provides a breathing space - but on the contrary something that joins ... and the magic of cinema is surely sensed to lie here: in the strange alchemy arising out of the juxtaposition of images...
-Mark Le Fanu

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