What, according to Kracauer, are the “basic properties” of film

This essay requires you to watch a movie and use several assigned readings. Please only make an offer if you are willing to watch the movie and use assigned readings to answer the below question. You don’t need to use external sources. Reading Report Question: What, according to Kracauer, are the “basic properties” of film (as distinguished from “technical properties”) and what does this mean for our conception of the “art” of cinema? Refer to Paisan and any other relevant films or readings from previous weeks. Screening: Paisà / Paisan (Roberto Rossellini, 1946, Italy; 2 hrs., 6 mins.) Reading: Siegfried Kracauer, “Basic Concepts,” in Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality – Provide a critical summary and evaluation of the main argument of the assigned reading(s) and address the specific issues in the question you are answering. – Your Report must include relevant quotations from the reading(s). – The Reports are cumulative. You will be evaluated according to your ability to synthesise and employ the material we will be covering, finding connections between themes and concepts, and using appropriate examples from films screened Report should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words (doublespaced, normal 12-point font). You are expected to demonstrate your familiarity with and understanding of the readings assigned in this course, as well as your ability, on the basis of these, to analyse sequences from films that we have seen.