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Cinema and Sensation French Film and the Art of Transgression

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ISBN-10: 0748649360

ISBN-13: 9780748649365

Edition: 2012

Authors: Martine Beugnet

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This book looks at a much-debated phenomenon in contemporary cinema: the re-emergence of filmmaking practices (and, by extension, of theoretical approaches) that give precedence to cinema as the medium of the senses.France offers an intriguing case in point here. A specific sense of momentum comes from the release, in close succession, of a series of films that exemplify a characteristic awareness of cinema’s sensory impact and transgressive nature: Adieu; A ma soeur; Baise-moi; Beau Travail; La Blessure; La Captive; Dans ma peau; Demonlover; L’Humanité; Flandres; L’Intrus; Les Invisibles; Lady Chatterley; Leçons de ténèbres; Romance; Sombre; Tiresia; Trouble Every Day; Twentynine Palms; Vendredi soir; La Vie nouvelle; Wild Side; Zidane, un portrait du XXIème siècle. These films, amongst others, typify a willingness to explore cinema’s unique capacity to move us both viscerally and intellectually. Martine Beugnet focuses on the crucial and fertile overlaps that occur between experimental and mainstream cinema. Her book draws on the writings of the likes of Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty and Bataille, but first and foremost, she develops her arguments from the films themselves, from the comprehensive description of specific sequences, techniques and motifs which allows us to engage with the works as material events and as thinking processes. In turn, she demonstrates how the films, envisaged as forms of embodied thought, offer alternative ways of approaching those questions that are at the heart of today’s most burning socio-cultural debates: from the growing supremacy of technology, to globalisation, exile and exclusion, these are the issues that appear embedded here in the very texture of images and sounds.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 2/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Martine Beugnet is Professor in Visual Studies at Paris 7 Diderot.

Lecons de t�n�bres
Cinema and Sensation
Doing away with the Cbntext?
French Cinema and Transgression
A 'Third Path'
The 'precocious old age of the cinema'
The 'precocious old age' of Film Theory and Criticism
The Trouble with French Cinema: Film and Transgression
Horror that Sticks
Liminal Visions
The Art of Sensation
The Aesthetics of Sensation
The Haptic and the Optical
From Formlessness to Immanence
The Gaze of the Inanimate
The Aesthetics of Chaos
Film Bodies (Becomings and Embodiment)
From Genre to Archetype
Film Bodies
Corporate (Dis)embodiment
Becoming Film