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The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema: Lecture 4, 01 December 1981

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 01 December 1981. This is lecture 4 of a 21-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between November 1981 and June 1982.

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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.

“The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema” was a 21-lecture seminar given from November 1981 to June 1982. This seminar marks the first of four consecutive seminars in which Deleuze presents his theory of film. Here, in large part through the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Deleuze rethinks film as a movement-image, as opposed to a succession of still frames or photographic images. Throughout the course he references a wide variety of filmmakers, critics, and philosophers. As a precursor to the publication of Deleuze’s first of two volumes on cinema, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image (Cinéma 1. L'Image-Mouvement, 1983), this seminar is a valuable resource to researchers interested in Deleuze’s film theory, as well as his larger philosophical oeuvre.

In the 01 December 1981 lecture, Deleuze applies Bergson's three theses of movement to cinema. Other topics of discussion include Bergson's Creative Evolution (Chs. 1 and 4), The Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysics (La Pensée et le mouvant), and the later chapters of his Matter and Memory; the three types of movement-images: perception, action and affection; Bergson and phenomenology; the German philosopher Edmund Husserl; the question of the reproduction and the perception of movement; French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty; photography, the black screen, light and darkness; the imagination as revealed by cinema; the relationships between matter, image, movement and its cinematographic evidence; the movement-image and perception; things in themselves as perceptions; and Whitehead and his concept of prehension.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 1:57:04), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (34 pp) and plain text.

Note: The last paragraph of the transcription (in square brackets on p. 34) is not a full transcription of Deleuze’s dialogue with a student which ends this lecture.

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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.

«L’image-mouvement, LeŇ«ons bergsoniennes sur le cinéma» était un séminaire de 21 conférences donné de novembre 1981 à juin 1982. Ce séminaire marque le premier de quatre séminaires consécutifs dans lesquels Deleuze présente sa théorie du film. Ici, en grande partie grâce à la philosophie d'Henri Bergson, Deleuze repense le film comme un image-mouvement, par opposition à une succession d'images fixes ou d'images photographiques. Tout au long du cours, il fait référence à une grande variété des cinéastes, des critiques et des philosophes. En tant que précurseur de la publication des premiers volumes de Deleuze sur le cinéma, Cinéma 1. L'Image-Mouvement (1983), ce séminaire est une ressource précieuse pour les chercheurs intéressés par la théorie du film de Deleuze, ainsi que sa plus grande œuvre philosophique.

Dans la conférence du 1er décembre 1981, Deleuze applique les trois thèses de Bergson sur le mouvement au cinéma. D'autres sujets de discussion comprennent L'Évolution créatrice de Bergson (chapitres 1 et 4), sa La Pensée et le mouvant, et les chapitres suivants de sa Matière et mémoire; les trois types d'images-mouvement: perception, action et affection; Bergson et la phénoménologie; le philosophe allemand Edmund Husserl; la question de la reproduction et de la perception du mouvement; le philosophe français Maurice Merleau-Ponty; la photographie et l'écran noir, lumière et obscurité; l'imagination comme révélée par le cinéma; les relations entre la matière, l'image, le mouvement et ses évidence cinématographique; l’image-mouvement et perception; les choses en elles-mêmes sont perceptions; et Whitehead et son concept de préhension.

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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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