The strangest of station names: changing trains with Kracauer and Benjamin (New Formations 61, Summer 2007)
Author: Barry Langford
Langford explores Kracauer and Benjamin‚Äôs mutual interest in urban landscape in film, and capitalist modernity‚Äôs obscuring of historical reality. He examines the metaphor of the railway as suggestive of Kracauer‚Äôs ambivalence toward film and modernity, via Walter Ruttman and Claude Lanzmann‚Äôs documentaries. Examining ‚ÄòTheory of Film‚Äô (1960), Langford suggests it avoids ‚Äònaive realism‚Äô in favour of a tragic poetics of the real, indicated by the analysis of film‚Äôs concealed barbaric¬†gaze.