Fedora, Billy Wilder, 1978
An instant of diaphanous panic peeking through the lumpen rest.
Cécile est morte!, Maurice Tourneur, 1944
There is apparently a certain blithe and cheerful air that hangs around corpses.
"Film itself, the physical commodity, already being superseded by video tape, with increasingly insubstantial substitutes already on the horizon, may actually cease to exist sooner than we think. A couple of hundred years from now man, in search of diversion, may simply settle back in some kind of electronic easy chair, adjust a pair of computerized stimuli to either side of his brain — and conjure up whatever pleasing fantasies occur to him at the moment. These, of course, will be instantaneously and faithfully transformed, by the magic of electronics, into a continuing flow of imagery projected upon a small screen which he will hold in his hand — as we now hold a book. At that point — what price Film Immortality?"
Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Gary Carey, More About All About Eve, 1972