The Aura of Todd Haynes

"In even the most perfect reproduction, one thing is lacking: the here and now of the work of art--its unique existence in a particular place. It is this unique existence-and nothing else--that bears the mark of the history to which the work has been subject" (Benjamin, 253).

"On the one hand, film furthers insight into the necessities governing our lives... on the other, it manages to assure us of a vast and unsuspected field of action" (Benjamin, 265).

"Contemplative immersion--which, as the bourgeoisie degenerated, became a breeding ground for asocial behavior--is here opposed by distraction" (Benjamin, 267).

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given and transmitted from the past" (Marx, 595)

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