Karen Beckman


On her book Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis

Cover Interview of February 27, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Histories of cinema and automobile are inextricably intertwined.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I wanted to capture the essential and radical hybridity of both the medium of film and of Cinema Studies.  As Cinema Studies becomes more of a ‘discipline’ in its own right, I think we have to be careful not to throw the bastard out with the bathwater.”

On the second:

“On the one hand, the automobile offers a private interior and safe space akin to a home, except that it allows the driver to be alone in a way that the family home does not.  On the other hand, the automobile represents an anonymous, high-speed, and transparent new technology aligned with the psyche’s desire for risk, exhibitionism, transgressive sociality, and speed.”