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Uyen Pham CAT 3 WEEK 3 SUMMARIES I – The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction II – Toys I – The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Reproduction of art always lacks the unique existence of the original work. Although mechanical reproduction helps bringing art closer to us, it destroys the uniqueness and the aura of the work of art. Moreover, lots of art work nowadays are designed for reproduction, such as movies. A stage actor is different from a film actor because of the presence of the audience and the interaction between the audience and the actor. A film is shown from different angles of the camera, and thus what we see depends on the perception of the cameraman or the director, not the audience. The film actor cannot adjust his performance to the audience since he has no live audience. By the time the film reaches the audience, it will be unchangeable. The stage actor is able to maintain the aura of art and the role he plays by having the chance to interact with the live audience, and everything we see is from our perception, independent of the camera. As a result, although
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