From Aesthetics of Film, Jacques Aumont et al., originally published in French; 1983.
“Aesthetics covers reflection upon the phenomenon of signification considered as artistic phenomena. The aesthetics of cinema is therefore the study of the cinema as an art and the study of films as artistic messages.” (6)
“The film image creats an analogy with real space; the resulting impression is usually powerful enough to make us forget not only the flatness of the image, but also, for example, the absence of colour if the film is black and white or the absence of sound in a silent film. In addition, while we may not be led to forget the edges of the image, we may be made to forget the fact that beyond those edges there is no image. [… André] Bazin’s point is that if the image works like a window to make a fragment of the (imaginary) world visible, then there is no reason to suspect that this world would stop at the image’s edges.” (13)