What kind of image is the filmic image? The standard answer is: a “moving image”. What is a moving image? The standard answer is: a) an image that has movement in it, and b) an image that is moving. The filmic image has both, it shows movement and it is moving. The specific case of the filmic image is that despite the kind of movement it entails it is expanded in time and we perceive and see it in the full sense of the word as an image of movement and not only as a moving image. The moving image of film has the capacity to show us images of movement not as an image of a moment in this movement like the painting of a rough sea, but as a flux. It does so by constantly shifting the view-point not only between cuts but in itself insofar the camera moves. From pictures that show movement the filmic image, the movie pictures differ insofar as they don’t offer a stable frame with a fixed point-of-view. They can without leaving the frame turn to the back of the shown for example in one movement – the still image can do this by serialisation of different frames. But like a human gaze it cannot show itself, it has to shift in space and time to show the former point-of-view as another picture.

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