The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema: Lecture 21, 01 June 1982

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 01 June 1982. This is lecture 21 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 June 1982 lecture, Deleuze recaps the "Movement-Image" seminar.  Deleuze also discusses three modes of existence as related to particular signs respectively: firstness = affection-image; secondness = action-image; and thirdness = undetermined (Deleuze says it was an image for which the seminar was searching). Deleuze also discusses Peirce and the classification of signs, a prelude to the succeeding seminar.

This dataset includes: one mp3 recording of the lecture (total time, 50:33) and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (13 pp) and plain text.

Note: There is a clicking in the audio file from (approx.) 36:42-37:07.

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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 juin 1982, Deleuze récapitule le séminaire «L’image-mouvement». Deleuze discute aussi de trois modes d'existence liés à des signes particuliers respectivement: priméité = image-affection; secondéité = action-image; et tiercéité = indéterminé (Deleuze dit que c'était une image pour laquelle le séminaire recherchait). Deleuze discute aussi de Peirce et de la classification des signes, prélude au séminaire suivant.

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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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