Powers of the False

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:
Powers of the False

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This chapter offers another perspective on the dismantling of representation and narrative that makes affect synonymous with the film image, proposing an impersonal, affective unconscious in place of the representational, Freudian unconscious, and ethical experimentation in place of binary moral judgments. It reviews David Lynch's films Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet. The chapter suggests that the film's pivotal scene at Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive is its most intense rendition of an affective-performative cinema and describes Lynch's separation of affect from moral binaries in Blue Velvet.

Keywords: film image; affect; David Lynch; Mulholland Drive; Blue Velvet; affective-performative cinema; moral binaries

Chapter.  13600 words. 

Subjects: Film

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