Cinema: On the Classification of Signs and Time: Lecture 23, 07 June 1983

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 07 June 1983. This is lecture 23 of a 23-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between November 1982 and June 1983.

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The Deleuze Seminars is a collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and English translations of, and supplemental materials from, the lectures French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave during his career at the University of Paris 8.

“Cinema: On the Classification of Signs and Time” was a 23-lecture seminar given from November 1982 to June 1983. This seminar revisits some of the main themes from the previous year’s seminar ("The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema"), and offers further considerations of them. In these lectures, Deleuze examines cinema and Bergsonian philosophy vis-à-vis a range of philosophers from moderns to existentialists. Deleuze also discusses many of the artists and writers that appear throughout the other “Cinema” seminars.

In the 07 June 1983 lecture, Deleuze provides a recap of the seminar. Topics of discussion include: Bergsonian schemas (schémas); time; the direct time-image; the splitting (dédoublement) of the present; memory; the present as always split (dédoublé) and intensified (redoublé); the present that presents itself, and the past that the present was (a été); and the memory of the present.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 1:30:55), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (16 pp) and plain text.


Les Séminaires de Deleuze sont une collection d'enregistrements audio, de transcriptions et de traductions en anglais et de documents complémentaires des conférences que le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze a donné lors de sa carrière à l'Université de Paris 8.

« Cinéma: de la classification des signes et le temps » était un séminaire de 23 conférences donné de novembre 1982 à juin 1983. Ce séminaire a repris certains des thèmes principaux du séminaire de l'année précédente (« L’image-mouvement, LeŇ«ons bergsoniennes sur le cinéma »), et en offre d'autres considérations. Dans ces conférences, Deleuze examine le cinéma et la philosophie bergsonienne vis-à-vis d'une gamme de philosophes, des modernes aux existentialistes. Deleuze discute également de nombreux artistes et écrivains qui apparaissent dans les autres séminaires sue le cinéma.

Dans la conférence du 7 juin 1983, Deleuze présente une récapitulation du séminaire. Sujets de discussion comprennent: schémas bergsoniens; le temps; l'image-temps directe; le dédoublement du présent; le souvenir; le présent comme toujours dédoublé et redoublé; le présent qui se présente, et le passé que le présent a été; et le souvenir du présent.

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This research has been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The description of this dataset is based on the meticulous work of Frédéric Astier, whose Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 has catalogued Deleuze’s seminars for those years.

Special thanks to the family of Gilles Deleuze and the University of Paris 8 for permission to reproduce the material published here.

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