Anna Powell

in Deleuze, Altered States and Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632824
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651139 | DOI:

Show Summary Details


This chapter analyses the popularisation of altered consciousness in drugs-oriented films. It provides a critical analysis of several relevant films including Kenneth Anger's 1954 Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Dennis Hopper's 1968 Easy Rider and Darren Aronofsky's 2001 Requiem for a Dream. The chapter investigates how far each film impacts on us as an affective agent of becoming and alters consciousness. It discusses how particular stylistic techniques, such as abstraction and anamorphosis, might induce virtual narcosis by cinematic hallucination, and explains that this process is elucidated through Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concept of molecularity. The chapter contends that cinema offers an aesthetic parallel in its capacity to expand mundane modes of perception and thought.

Keywords: altered consciousness; drugs-oriented films; Pleasure Dome; Easy Rider; Requiem for Dream; affective agent; virtual narcosis; cinematic hallucination; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari

Chapter.  17318 words. 

Subjects: Film

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.