Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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American Time Capsule

November 20th, 2011 by Jeen Kim · No Comments · Uncategorized

The American Time Capsule by Chuck Braverman is a quick montage of images in chronological order of our history. This rapid succession of images capturing our past hypnotizes the viewer, as he/she tries to keep up. As the viewer tries to keep up, some images are remembered and some are forgotten. The remembered images are burned into our brains, these images signify certain events, and in its entirety we get the gist of a chronologically ordered history. But what is the point to all this? This piece encapsulates all that is American, and it instills feelings of patriotism. It ends with a lasting image of Richard Nixon which makes it more political than historical. Feeling pride then feeling uncertain about the future casts skepticism on the future leader of our country, which I believe is the ulterior motive.

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