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Conn Holohan
2013 Unknown
The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism
Deleuze and the Image of Film Theory
Edinburgh University Press
Edinburgh
Published
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Deleuze Film Studies Poststructuralism
For Gilles Deleuze, the goal of film theory is to create concepts that ‘relate only to cinema…Concepts proper to cinema, but which can only be formed philosophically’ (Bogue 2003: 2). The focus of this chapter, therefore, is on the use value of Deleuze for film studies. It considers some of the insights of his two Cinema books into the nature of the cinematic process, focusing in particular on cinema’s privileged relationship to time. However, it also acknowledges the impossibility of separating Deleuze’s writing on film from his wider body of work and examines how film theorists have productively applied his understanding of difference or the process of schizoanalysis to a variety of texts. Any understanding of Deleuze’s impact upon film studies must necessarily address the relationship between his ideas and the other key explanatory frameworks that have dominated the discipline, in particular psychoanalysis. However, underlying any such comparisons or evaluations is the question of the nature of film theory and its proper goal. To this end, this chapter ultimately argues that Deleuze offers us an understanding of film theory as creative intervention and an ethical standpoint towards the history of the image which is predicated upon an adequate understanding of time.
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