The desire to make images move, the need to capture movement seems to be with us 30,000 years ago in the cave paintings of Chauvet. … [T]he bison appears to have multiple sets of legs. Maybe that was the artist’s way of creating the impression of movement. I think this need to recreate movement is a mystical urge. It’s an attempt to capture the mystery of who and what we are and then to think about, to contemplate that mystery.
— Martin Scorsese in his 2013 NEH Jefferson Lecture, “Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema.” Fresh Air excerpted the lecture for a portion of our show on Tuesday.