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How the Essay Film Thinks$
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Laura Rascaroli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190238247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238247.001.0001

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Thinking Cinema

(p.1) Introduction—Openings
How the Essay Film Thinks

Laura Rascaroli

Oxford University Press

Setting off from the question of the timeliness of the essay film and its dependence on ever-improving technology and against the backdrop of Theodor W. Adorno’s discussion of the essay form’s anachronistic, antisystematic resistance, the introduction discusses the essay film as future philosophy—as a contrarian, political cinema of thought. Drawing on the centrality of the interstice to Gilles Deleuze’s understanding of the cinema as thought, it brings issues of effect and of functioning, rather than of essence, to the fore, arguing that the essay film thinks not just verbally, but also through a disjunctive audiovisual method that exploits in-between filmic spaces to bring about new thought.

Keywords:   essay film, film philosophy, interstice, documentary, experimental film, nonfiction film, film theory, Gilles Deleuze, framing, video essay

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