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A word broke in two the other day, right in front of my eyes. A familiar word: automotive becoming auto motive, breaking into unfamiliar meanings: auto (self); motive (reason for acting). I had been thinking about a film I adored but didn’t quite understand. Auto motive: a key? The self is the reason, the motor for acting Acting? In the film Holy Motors, a man has a reason for acting, a motive, a motor. He is performing himself. A film in which a man is running, in black and white, first one way, then running back. He is a silent movie. A man who is only automotive. A man as made by Jules Marey, the man who ‘began’ cinema, who began the phases of movement of the moon of cinematography, a man who captured motion as later in … [Read more...]