Thought and Cinema: Lecture 11, 29 January 1985

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 29 January 1985. This is lecture 11 of a 26-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between October 1984 and June 1985.

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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.

“Thought and Cinema” was a 26-lecture seminar given from October 1984 to June 1985. This would mark the fourth consecutive seminar (1981-1985) which Deleuze gave on various aspects of cinema. Here, Deleuze examines thought as a process which closely parallels cinema, starting from the premise that thought, having both a spatial and a temporal aspect, presupposes an implicit image.

In the 29 January 1985 lecture, topics of discussion include: Godard’s theory of a series as a suite of images being reflected in a genre or category; Godard's films Passion, and A Letter to Freddy Buache; thought, concept and image; Eisenstein; Hegel, phenomenology and logic; concept, consciousness and attitude; the French Hegelians Eric Weil, Alexandre Koyré and Alexandre Kojève; Weil on attitudes and categories; the French writer Georges Bataille; the Marquis de Sade; French film critic Serge Daney and his collection of articles, La Rampe; Godard and gesture (la Geste) as the speech (discours) of attitudes; Brecht, the Gestus acting technique, speech (discours) and attitudes, and the break (rupture) between the subject and experience; theater and the thought of the spectator; concept and understanding; French literary theorist, philosopher and critic Roland Barthes on the Gestus, his essay "Diderot, Brecht, Eisenstein” and his collection of critical essays L'obvie et l'obtus; the theory of the pregnant moment (l’instant prégnant); the photogram, time and the image; and the French writer and filmmaker Raymonde Carasco.

This dataset includes: three mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:35:04), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (27 pp) and plain text, and two image files (JPEGs).


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.

«Pensée et cinéma» était un séminaire de 26 conférences donné d'octobre 1984 à juin 1985. Cela marquerait le quatrième séminaire consécutif (1981-1985) que Deleuze a donné sur divers aspects du cinéma. Ici, Deleuze examine la pensée comme un méthode qui est étroitement parallèle au cinéma, en partant du prémisse que la pensée, ayant à la fois un aspect spatial et un aspect temporel, présuppose une image implicite.

Dans la conférence du 29 janvier 1985, les sujets de discussion comprennent: la théorie de Godard d'une série comme suite d'images se se réfléchissant dans un genre ou une catégorie; les films de Godard Passion et Lettre à Freddy Buache; la pensée, le concept et l'image; Eisenstein; Hegel, phénoménologie et logique; concept, conscience et attitude; les hégéliens français Eric Weil, Alexandre Koyré et Alexandre Kojève; Weil sur les attitudes et les catégories; l'écrivain français Georges Bataille; le marquis de Sade; le critique de cinéma français Serge Daney et sa collection d'articles, La Rampe; Godard et la Geste comme le discours des attitudes; Brecht, la technique agissante du Gestus, le discours et les attitudes, et la rupture entre le sujet et le vécu; le théâtre et la pensée du spectateur; concept et entendement; le théoricien littéraire, philosophe et critique français Roland Barthes sur le Gestus, son essai «Diderot, Brecht, Eisenstein» et son L'obvie et l'obtus: Essais critiques III; la théorie de l'instant prégnant; le photogramme, le temps et l'image; et l'écrivaine et cinéaste française Raymonde Carasco.

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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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