American Moving Art

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American Moving Art
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth…In free society art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the spheres of polemic and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul…And the nation which disdains the mission of art invites the fate of Robert Frost's hired man, the fate of having "nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope" (Kennedy 1963).
More than other forms of art, the moving picture dominates and resonates in the American consciousness with more effect than any painting or poem. This has not always been...
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..... is impressive, is how relatively new film was to the artistic community, yet how profoundly the artistic community embraced the new form and grabbed it and bent it to their will. There is little that is uniquely American and cinema is precisely unique because everything is borrowed and shared, but American cinema has achieved much through its youth and has influenced the earth more so than almost any other piece sans religious texts and architecture which has stood for millennia.
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Kennedy, John. Remarks at amherst college. 1963.
Lewis, C. S.. Mere Christianity. London: Collins, 1956.
Vonnegut. Kurt. Slaughterhouse five. Delacorte Press: New York.