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Choreographies of Affect

Elena del Río

in Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635252
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651146 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635252.003.0003
Choreographies of Affect

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This chapter argues for a reconsideration of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Brechtian aesthetics from the point of view of his engagement with the emotions. It looks at Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant to supplement the formal notion of the tableau as static image with a notion of the tableau as precarious containment of affective force. The chapter uses the ideas and theories of Gilles Deleuze and Antonin Artaud to examine the way crucial aspects of performance such as framing and faciality generate significant points of convergence between theatre and film, and to trace the transformation of the sadomasochistic impulse in the films' narrative into a power of affection.

Keywords: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Brechtian aesthetics; emotions; Maria Braun; Petra von Kant; static image; Gilles Deleuze; Antonin Artaud; affection

Chapter.  20631 words. 

Subjects: Film

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