The petrified object and the poetics of time in Cinema Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2022

start page

  • 111

end page

  • 124


  • 2


  • 14

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1646-9798


  • This audiovisual essay addresses the poetics of time in cinema through depictions of objects that are markers of certain temporal densities. By exploring three films the essay offers a view to the petrified objects as the symptoms of the filmmaker s obsessions with time. In the films cited here, time is a matter of concern as a historical process, as construction within the physical laws, and ultimately, as a psychological perception.


  • poetics of tims; film; petrified object; modern cinema; postmodern cinema