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Where Film Meets PhilosophyGodard, Resnais, and Experiments in Cinematic Thinking$
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Hunter Vaughan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161336

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161336.001.0001

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Where Film Meets Philosophy

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Where Film Meets Philosophy

Hunter Vaughan

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter outlines the notion of “film-philosophy”, the belief that the visual medium can challenge modes of thought using Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception and Gilles Deleuze's image-philosophy. It tackles the question of how is the medium of film philosophical by examining the works of filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, which transform and shift the medium's sensory focus between the auditory and visual. This attribute of “flexible malleability” can be reduced to shifting dynamics in subject-object relations. The chapter argues that film can be seen as the site of intersection of both diegetic and extradiegetic “voices” and “gazes” and distributes them according to sets of formal relations. This intersection is referred to as the immanent field of the film image.

Keywords:   film-philosophy, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology of perception, Gilles Deleuze, image-philosophy, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, immanent field

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