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Cinema

Author: Alain Badiou
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Polity Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For Alain Badiou, films think, and it is the task of the philosopher to transcribe that thinking. What is the subject to which the film gives expressive form' This is the question that lies at the heart of Badiou's account of cinema. He contends that cinema is an art form that bears witness to the Other and renders human presence visible, thus testifying to the universal value of human existence and human freedom.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alain Badiou
ISBN: 9780745670027 0745670024 1299831001 9781299831001
OCLC Number: 865020880
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed November 21, 2013).
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Contents: "Cinema has given me so much" --
Cinematic culture --
Revisionist cinema --
Art and its criticism --
The suicide of Grace : Le Diable probablement --
A man who never gives in --
Is the orient an object for the western conscience? --
Reference points for cinema's second modernity --
The Demy affair --
Switzerland : cinema as interpretation --
Interrupted notes on the French comedy film --
Y a tellement de pays pour aller --
Restoring meaning to death and chance --
A private industry, cinema is also a private spectacle --
The false movements of cinema --
Can a film be spoken about? --
Notes on The last laugh --
"Thinking the emergence of the event" --
The divine comedy and The convent --
Surplus seeing : Histoire(s) du cinéma --
Considerations on the current state of cinema --
The cinematic capture of the sexes --
An unqualified affirmation of cinema's enduring power --
Passion, Jean-Luc Godard --
"Say yes to love, or else be lonely" : Magnolia --
Dialectics of the fable : The matrix --
Cinema as philosophical experimentation --
On cinema as a democratic emblem --
The end of a beginning : Tout va bien --
The dimensions of art : Forgiveness --
The perfection of the world, improbable yet possible.
Responsibility: Alain Badiou.

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For Alain Badiou, films think, and it is the task of the philosopher to transcribe that thinking. What is the subject to which the film gives expressive form' This is the question that lies at the heart of Badiou's account of cinema. He contends that cinema is an art form that bears witness to the Other and renders human presence visible, thus testifying to the universal value of human existence and human freedom. Through the experience of viewing, the movement of thought that constitutes the film is passed on to the viewer, who thereby encounters an aspect of the world and its exaltation and vitality as well as its difficulty and complexity. Cinema is an impure art cannibalizing its times, the other arts, and people ' a major art precisely because it is the locus of the indiscernibility between art and non-art. It is this, argues Badiou, that makes cinema the social and political art par excellence, the best indicator of our civilization, in the way that Greek tragedy, the coming-of-age novel and the operetta were in their respective eras.

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-Fascinating ... every word of Badiou's writing radiates with a pronounced sense of exuberance for cinema, and presents the convincing case that it is the liveliest of the seven arts.- Film Read more...

 
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