Deren, Maya. “Cinematography,” re cinema’s unique place

This is not to say that cinema should or could replace the other art forms, any more than flight is a substitute for the pleasures of walking or for the leisurely panorama of landscapes seen from a car or train window.  Only when new things serve the same purpose better do they replace old things.  Art, however, deals in ideas; time does not deny them, but may merely make them irrelevant. The truths of the Egyptians are no less true for failing to answer questions which they never raised.  Culture is cumulative, and to it each age should make its proper contribution. Maya Deren, Cinematography, p. 72

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