The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema: Lecture 16, 27 April 1982

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 27 April 1982. This is lecture 16 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 27 April 1982 lecture, Deleuze discusses the two forms of the action-image: 1) S-A-S' (situation-action-situation modified; from the situation to the duel), or the large form of the action-image, either spiral (spiralique) or ethical, with consideration of the epic and the western; and 2) A-S-A' (from the index to the situation), or the small form, the elliptical, with consideration of the comedy. Other topics of discussion include: French philosopher and physician Georges Canguilhem and his Knowledge of Life (La Connaissance de la vie); the milieu; encyclopedias; new concepts in Enlightenment (eighteenth century) science; remote action (l'action à distance); the English scientist and natural philosopher Isaac Newton; the intermediary between two bodies; S-A-S' as ethics, the vital breath (le souffle vital) and aesthetics; the line of the universe, vector space, the disappearing of things and the search for the frame; French mathematical philosopher and escaped prisoner of war Albert Lautman; the concept of existence in mathematics; the local and the global; and German mathematician Bernhard Riemann, spaces, and events.

This dataset includes: one mp3 recording of the lecture (total time, 52:36) and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (11 pp) and plain text.

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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 27 avril 1982, Deleuze discute des deux formes de l’image-action: 1) S-A-S' (situation-action-situation modifiée, de la situation au duel), ou la grande forme de l'image-action, ou spiralique ou éthique, avec considération de l'épique et du western; et 2) A-S-A' (de l'indice à la situation), ou la petite forme, l'elliptique, avec considération de la comédie. Les autres sujets de discussion comprennent: le philosophe et médecin français Georges Canguilhem et sa La Connaissance de la vie; le milieu; les encyclopédies; de notions nouvelle au XVIIIe siècle; l'action à distance; le scientifique et philosophe naturel anglais Isaac Newton; l'intermédiaire entre deux corps; S-A-S' comme éthique, le souffle vital et l'esthétique; la ligne de l'univers, l'espace vecteur, le disparaître des choses et la recherche de l’ossature; Philosophe mathématique français et prisonnier de guerre évadé Albert Lautman; la notion d'existence en mathématiques; le local et le global; et le mathématicien allemand Bernhard Riemann, les espaces et les événements.

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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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