Kinesthetic Seductions

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:
Kinesthetic Seductions

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This chapter considers the abstract operations of intellectual cinema not as the purview of Brechtian analysis, but rather as directly linked to the sensory and kinesthetic intensities of the body. It reviews Claire Denis's films Nénette and Boni, Beau Travail and Friday Night through the lens of Gilles Deleuze's account of modern cinema as both a cinema of bodies and a sensation-producing abstract machine. The chapter explains that Nénette and Boni uses sensory disorder to disarticulate the familiar Oedipal parameters of sexuality and narrative, that the erotic seduction of the spectator in Beau Travail is displaced from the sexual act between two people to the sexual charge which pervades the entire film's intricate performative web, and that Friday Night offers an outstanding example of Deleuze's ideas on space, time and movement.

Keywords: intellectual cinema; Claire Denis; Nénette and Boni; Beau Travail; Friday Night; Gilles Deleuze; abstract machine; sensory disorder

Chapter.  13935 words. 

Subjects: Film

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