Movement beyond the axes

Dimitris Eleftheriotis

in Cinematic Journeys

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748633128
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651269 | DOI:
Movement beyond the axes

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This chapter discusses the ‘post’ as a historical, geopolitical, and cultural terminus that points towards a ‘beyond’. It examines two films, Theo Angelopoulos's Ulysses' Gaze (1995) and Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards (2000), in which the discourses and sensibilities that inform modern subjectivity, notions of agency, epistemologies of cinematic movement and mobile vision, fantasies of complete knowledge and control, and the pleasures of journeys of exploration, discovery and revelation, all have either completed and concluded their historical trajectories or are irrelevant within a referential context that involves different configurations of the subject and mobility. The chapter shows that Ulysses' Gaze obliterates the subject and object of the spatial exploration that the film undertakes, while the textual practices of Blackboards turn their back on dialectics articulating different types of mobile vision and subjectivity.

Keywords: Theo Angelopoulos; Ulysses' Gaze; Samira Makhmalbaf; Blackboards; subjectivity; agency; cinematic movement; mobile vision; exploration; discovery

Chapter.  8641 words. 

Subjects: Film

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