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Where Film Meets Philosophy: Godard, Resnais, and Experiments in Cinematic Thinking

Hunter Vaughan


This text interweaves phenomenology and semiotics to analyze cinema's ability to challenge conventional modes of thought. Merging Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception with Gilles Deleuze's image-philosophy, the text applies a rich theoretical framework to a comparative analysis of Jean-Luc Godard's films, which critique the audio-visual illusion of empirical observation (objectivity), and the cinema of Alain Resnais, in which the sound-image generates innovative portrayals of individual experience (subjectivity). Both filmmakers radically upend conventional film practices and ch ... More

Keywords: cinema, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, film semiotics, individual experience, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161336
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hunter Vaughan, author
Oakland University