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Gertrude Stein and the Moving Portrait

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It’s amazing to see how France looked through the eyes of the Stein family in Gertrude’s time. And while I find it fascinating to see her on film, I especially like watching the Steins repeatedly walk down a flight of stairs, and then stroll by the camera in formation, at the 2:48¬†mark. Why, you ask? They’re posing for Moving Portraits. Nearly a century later, it’s interesting to think about how the rules of portraiture¬†were first applied to the new medium of film, and it begs questions about other mediums as well. Ah, but as they say, only time will tell.

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