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Only an effective collaboration between filmmakers and art historians can create films that will enhance viewers' perceptions of art. Filmmakers need to resist the impulse to move the camera quickly from detail to detail for fear of boring the viewer, to frame the image for the sake of drama alone, to add music for fear of silence. Filmmakers are aware that an art object demands concentration and, at the same time, are concerned that it may not be compelling enough―and so they hope to provide relief by interposing "real" scenes that bear only a tangential relationship to the subject. But a work of art needs to be explored on its own terms. On the other hand, art historians need to trust that one can indicate and analyze, not solely with words, but also by directing the viewer's gaze. The specialized written language of art history needs to be relinquished or at least tempered for the screen.

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The passage suggests that a filmmaker desiring to enhance viewers‘ perceptions of art should do which of the following?

  • A Rely on the precise language of art history when developing scripts for films on art.
  • B Rely on dramatic narrative and music to set a film's tone and style.
  • C Recognize that a work of art by itself can be compelling enough to hold a viewer's attention
  • D Depend more strongly on narration instead of camera movements to guide the viewer's gaze.
  • E Emphasize the social and the historical contexts within which works of art have been created.

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