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Flaneurish Mechanical Eye Seeking Physical Reality



This paper is intended to explore Radu Jude’s camera dexterity in first part of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021), by using Siegfried Kracauer’s idea of realism based on physical reality and with the help of Walter Benjamin’s notion of flaneur which he developed out of Charles Baudelaire’s poetry. Despite the large number of researches on Romanian New Wave moviemakers, few studies have been carried out to examine this young director’s movies belonging to the so-called second wave. This study aims to take steps towards filling this gap in knowledge by conducting an analysis of his camera craftsmanship development in his last movie which despite the apparent cinematography resemblance with his contemporary directors, slightly differs in function. It is posited that Jude’s camera lens possesses an artistic quality cracking the seeming order of contemporary modern society which is less detectable with naked eyes.

Keywords: camera dexterity, Siegfried Kracauer, Physical Reality, Walter Benjamin, Flaneur

DOI: 10.24193/ekphrasis.27.5