The Movement-Image: Bergsonian Lessons on Cinema: Lecture 10, 23 February 1982

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 23 February 1982. This is lecture 10 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 23 February 1982 lecture, topics of discussion include: the affection-image and the two poles of the face; the Expressionist halo; Austrian-American film director Josef von Sternberg and the reflective face; the face as a communication between an individuating factor and a social factor; the trinity of the face; the close-up and appearance; persona, the role of the actor and social roles; the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman; the criteria of individuation; the incommunicability, nakedness, appearance and eroticism of the face; the English director Alfred Hitchcock; ghosts as faces; the German-language writer Franz Kafka; the manifold (divers) facts of thought; technology as productive of ghosts; German filmmaker, writer and photographer Wim Wenders; and the ghostly lineage.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:24:28), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and a partial French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (25 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 23 février 1982, les sujets de discussion comprennent: l'image-affection et les deux pôles du visage; le halo expressionniste; le réalisateur austro-américain Josef von Sternberg et le visage réfléchi; le visage communique entre facteur individuant et facteur social; la trinité du visage; le gros plan et l'apparence; la persona, le rôle de l'acteur et les rôles sociaux; le réalisateur suédois Ingmar Bergman; les critères d'individuation; l'incommunicabilité, la nudité, l'apparence et l'érotisme du visage; le réalisateur anglais Alfred Hitchcock; les fantômes sont des visages; l'écrivain germanophone Franz Kafka; les faits divers de la pensée; la technologie produit des fantômes; le cinéaste, écrivain et photographe allemand Wim Wenders; et la lignée fantomatique.

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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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