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Deleuze, Cinema and the Thought of the World

Allan James Thomas

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Why does Gilles Deleuze write about the cinema as a philosopher?

Despite their title, Gilles Deleuze’s Cinema books are not ‘about’ the cinema: they are works of philosophy first and foremost, even if this has yet to be fully recognised.

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1. Introduction: The Problem of Cinema
1.1 Transcendental Empiricism and the ‘Cahiers Axiom’
1.2 The Monotony of Difference
2. The Interval as Disaster
2.1 Terminus, or, Waiting for a Train
2.2 (Film) History as Montage
2.3 Cinema as an Anterior History of Violence
3. Movement, Duration and Difference
3.1 The Three Theses on Movement
3.2 The Temporalisation of Difference
3.3 How to Escape the Dialectic
4. What Use is Cinema to Deleuze?
4.1 The Necessary Illusions of Practical Life
4.2 A Materialist Practice of Metaphysics
4.3 Transcendental Empiricism as Cinematic Philosophy
5. Genesis and Deduction
5.1 Cinematic Being
5.2 Weak Reasoning, Perversity and Grasping at Threads
5.3 From ‘Primitive’ Cinema to Real Movement
6. The Thought of the World
6.1 Cinematic Aberration and the ‘Great Kantian Reversal’
6.2 The Classical Cinema as Totalisation
6.3 Cinema as ‘Art of the Masses’
7. The Night, the Rain
7.1 Film, Death (the ‘Reverse Proof’)
7.2 The Suspension of the World
7.3 ‘The Image, the Remains’
8. Conclusion: The Crystal-Image of Philosophy
List of Works Cited.

About the Author

Allan James Thomas is Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.


Allan James Thomas’ superb book is a wonderfully detailed analysis of Deleuze’s work on the cinema, but it is also a profound work of philosophy. For Deleuze, great filmmakers are also great thinkers who happen to think in terms of images rather than concepts. By reading Deleuze through the lens of writers as diverse as Bergson, Blanchot, Badiou, and Barradori, Thomas’s book is a wide-ranging exploration of the Deleuzian thesis that cinema must be understood, above all, as an act of thinking.

- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University

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