Quotation by Susan Sontag

This youngest of the arts is also the most heavily burdened with memory. Cinema is a time machine. Movies preserve the past, while theatres—no matter how devoted to the classics, to old plays—can only "modernize." Movies resurrect the beautiful dead; present, intact, vanished or ruined environments; embody without irony styles and fashions that seem funny today.... Films age (being objects) as no theatre event does (being always new).
Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "Theatre and Film," Styles of Radical Will, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1969).
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