The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema: Lecture 20, 25 May 1982

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 25 May 1982. This is lecture 20 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 25 May 1982 lecture, topics of discussion include: memory; time; Bergson; contractions of time; the cinematographic image and thought; the four major modes of thought: 1) the imaginary mode, with consideration of the Italian film director Federico Fellini; 2) the didactic mode, with consideration of the later films of Roberto Rossellini, and Jean-Marie Straub; 3) the critical mode, with consideration of Jean-Luc Godard; and 4) the transcendental mode, with consideration of the time of thought and that thought takes time; the sub-modes of the four major modes; and the cinema with text, with plot (intrigue), as the sensory-motor, action-image cinema.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 1:32:51), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (21 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.

«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 25 mai 1982, les sujets de discussion comprennent: la mémoire; le temps; Bergson; les contractions du temps; l'image cinématographique et la pensée; les quatre grand modes de pensée: 1) le mode imaginaire, avec la considération du réalisateur italien Federico Fellini; 2) le mode didactique, avec la considération des films derniers de Roberto Rossellini, et Jean-Marie Straub; 3) le mode critique, avec la considération de Jean-Luc Godard; et 4) le mode transcendantal, avec la considération du temps de la pensée et cette la pensée prend du temps; les sous-modes des quatre grands modes; et le cinéma à texte, à intrigue, c’est le cinéma de l’image-action, sensori-motrice.

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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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