Jean-Louis Comolli (born 30 July ) is a French writer, editor, and film director. He was editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from to , during which period he wrote the influential essays “Machines of the Visible” () and “Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspective, Depth of. One does not see so many references to Jean-Louis Comolli these days, which is a shame since the influence of the former editor of the. 16 Jean-Louis Comolli: ‘Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspec- tive, Depth of Field’ (May-June and July ). 17 Pascal Bonitzer: “Reality” of Denotation’.

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The hors champ undoes this logic, and it allows for things which are tied to each other to float about. It is evident that we had no idea of what was really happening in China during this time: Click here to sign up. And I would even say that going to the cinema to watch a film is a stronger gesture than watching fireworks, when it comes to subjectivity, the subject, etc.

In the latter case, it is mere spectacle. It is a considerable challenge, a moral, philosophical, anthropological challenge. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x I explained to him that I needed his body to be filmed. There is a challenge here. What was interesting was that something resonated in the French media, precisely because of this mythological aspect with the myth of the father-figure, the black widow, and so onand the story aroused a lot of attention.

I can believe in the fiction of earlier times much more easily.

Cinema against Spectacle: Technique and Ideology Revisited

The event is not really external to the spectator. If one can speak of jouissance in the psychoanalytic sense, that is, both something perverse and something incredible, then I absolutely experienced this jouissance during the shoot. Neither side is stronger. You could be seen to have been following the path of your illustrious predecessors at Cahiers: This is a very important element, in my opinion. He had lost the battle. They show that listening is very important, that it is essential to film with a camera as if it were an ear.


In paradise, there are no worries, nothing needs to be done, and then there is the fall. At the same time, a fratricidal struggle had been unleashed among the successors to Gaston Deferre. Television gives the illusion that politicians have become inaccessible.

We must leave the logic of control and enter a logic of transformation, wherein I am transformed and the work is transformed as well. What matters to me in the cinema is that the possibility is given to the spectator to be empowered — whether this is calculated or not.

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This is practice, but it is also theory. Skip to main content. I flatly did not play the role of master director, in total control. After this silence of several years duration, there was a transition period where I took up writing on jazz notably, on improvisation in jazzand then I felt able to start writing on the cinema again.

After having distilled the distinction between fiction and documentary, I recall having arrived at some very simple conclusions. But, on the other hand, it can not be entirely repressed, no matter how much you want it to be. Belief and the lure are fundamentally linked, if not identical.

So both sides are tired.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Learn more about Amazon Prime. In What Is Cinema? The position of the spectator is central.

Cinema Against Spectacle

I believe in everything that goes on tecjnique this film. In a fiction film, the actor acts as if the camera is not there. Sade Fourier Loyola left a strong impression on me. Is the position of the spectator handled in such a way that the site he occupies is moved or changed, and his original position has not been reaffirmed, or does the film unravel without the spectator reorienting his position? Nearly 40 years separates the two publications.


Translated and edited by Ronald Levaco. We were cinephilic activists, active in spreading cinema. There is contact with another body, and he takes fright: Log In Sign Up. This freedom of the subject in the analytic session is similar to the effects which the spectator experiences.

The camera records its own way of functioning. Refreshingly, he has never sought to repudiate his radical past, but, rather, he still lives and works with the achievements and contradictions that marked this period. All the same, I believe that they do become transformed, and that, to a certain degree, I can therefore play with them. Consider the opening anv of Part 3, where he sets forth his project p.

The Century in Cinema European Perspectives: If there is no belief, there is no lure. The Comolli who left Cahiers in and began to work on this film was inevitably a weakened creature. It was also the moment that I discovered what I would later call improvisation.

ideolovy But his activity in the cinema extends far beyond this period. Unlike the group in La Ceciliahowever, we were not a group of anarchists.