This is followed by a consideration of some of the more immediate problems these writings raise, together with a number of questions he leaves unanswered. Such is the second explication. Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. Such is the first explication. Not the complexities of subjective formation, nor the infinite resources of literary montage, nor the slow and original restitution of the taste of an era. Cinema opens all the arts, it weakens their aristocratic, complex and composite quality. Whereas we know from Plato that truth is precisely something that violently breaks with doxa. Badiou is both Platonic and mathematical — in other words he believes in a notion of fundamental truths, and has couched his truths in the language of set theory.

As cinema pertains to art it is not surprising that this specific artistic medium has the ability to produce truth. Such is the second explication. Bresson was particularly irritated by this resistance of artistic non-being. Because cinema and its derivatives, including television, represent on a human scale, after Tragedy and Religion, the third historical attempt at the spiritual subjugation of the visible, available to all, without exception or measure. Which is of course to ask, on the one hand, if we can really think cinema — what cinema really is — and, on the other, whether or not cinema itself really thinks. Yet only certain films make us aware of this void; others mask it by giving the impression that there is no off-screen space; only onscreen presence.

Humphrey Bogart never set foot in the town. Broadening of the mind.

This chapter presents a detailed critique of Alain Badiou’s philosophical writings on cinema. So that we do not see the impurity and massive banality of these spectacles.

Cinema is without a doubt capable of being a mass art on a scale which suffers no comparison with any other art. We will search rather for that which in the visible itself exceeds its visibility, tying semblance to the immanent but eternal register of its infinite form. We can say that the twentieth century is the century of avant-gardes.


Can Cinema be Thought?

The actor, the actress, the charm, the aura of the actor and the actress. We could as bdaiou cite an extraordinarily concentrated film of staggering formal invention, doubtless one of the greatest existing cinematic poems: Philosophy is the violence done by thought to impossible relations. Rather, cinema would doubtless suffer the same fate as poetry and theatre and democratoc itself promptly expelled from the Republic. This hypothesis moves cinema closer to music, which, in its basest form, is also a mass production.

As a one-time Maoist, Badiou has written many interesting books on politics that range from technical to out-right polemical.

When every connection is naturally legitimate, philosophy is impossible or in vain. We can maintain that in every stage of its brief existence, cinema explores the border between art and that which is not art. To the figurative semblance, we will cinnema everything that shows itself to the Idea which does not show itself. It proposes a kind ddmocratic universal stage of action and its confrontation with common values.

Nor is this omission rectified in any of the secondary scholarship on his work, the vast majority of which simply ignores the question. On the other hand cinema is a mass art, and can out of its very impurity attract an audience unlike other art forms. Obviously not, yet Badiou does basiou to suggest that all cinema is by its nature subtractive.

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The production of this visibility is universally enchanting. You can have bad taste in your access, in your entry, in your initial disposition. Thus we locate the necessary conditions for an active theory of truth: Badiou is basically a philosopher interested in inherent notions.

However, even today no one would imagine cinema without the great cnema figures, meblem the great American battle between Good and Evil. To return to our earlier medical metaphor, the kind of truth we are interested in must be — at least from the point of view of the State — fundamentally cancerous. Here, even the gangsters are nothing but cases of conscience, redemptive decisions, sincere abolition of Nastiness.


After all, if one feels the need to take on another thinker from outside the field of film studies, we must expect from the philosopher new ways of thinking about the moving image. Click here to sign up.

Everybody immediately understood that these films spoke in the profound and decisive way that I have proposed to call when writing on Beckett’s prose “generic humanity,” or humanity subtracted from its differences. Firstly, in Kant published the monumental Critique of Pure Democarticwhich revitalized the category of aesthetics from the Greeks and annexed it permanently to the gaze of just about every continental philosopher to follow. It incorporates the new forms of existence, be they art or non-art, and it makes a certain selection, albeit a selection which is never complete.

Badiou and Cinema Author s: The Russian revolutionaries were able to badioh their actions in terms of a time when “the masses climbed onto the stage of History.

Which is precisely why the post-Theoretical conception of truth is of little or no use to us. This gesture required the support of that which subtracts itself from semblance: Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use for details see www.

They never went there either. Everything there — the earth, the trees, the people, the water and the democragic — is dipped in monotonous grey. One also needs mathematics of infinite perfection: