The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema: Lecture 3, 24 November 1981

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 24 November 1981. This is lecture 3 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 24 November 1981 lecture, topics of discussion include: Bergson and duration; the movement-image; French filmmaker and writer Jean Epstein and the temporal perspective; natural perception; German film director F.W. Murnau and his film Der letzte Mann (translated in English as The Last Laugh); Soviet film director and theorist Sergei Eisenstein and the montage; the dialectic between pathetic and organic movement; French film director and actor Abel Gance and the montage; the intensive factor of movement and light; and framing, temporal perspective and montage.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:07:34), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (39 pp) and plain text.

Note: The aggregate audio file has been downsampled.

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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 24 novembre 1981, les sujets de discussion incluent: Bergson et la durée; l'image-mouvement; le cinéaste et écrivain français Jean Epstein et la perspective temporelle; la perception naturelle; le réalisateur allemand F.W. Murnau et son film Le dernier homme; le réalisateur et théoricien soviétique Sergei Eisenstein et le montage; la dialectique entre le mouvement pathétique et le mouvement organique; le réalisateur et acteur français Abel Gance et le montage; le facteur intensif de mouvement et la lumière; et le cadrage, la perspective temporelle et le montage.

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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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