Cinema, Chronos/Cronos: Becoming an Accomplice to the Impasse of History

Edited by Jeffrey A. Bell and Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636082
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671748 | DOI:
Cinema, Chronos/Cronos: Becoming an Accomplice to the Impasse of History

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This chapter considers the cinematic medium as a confederate to the impasse of history. Gilles Deleuze develops two semiotics that explore a vast taxonomy of movement-images and time-images. He provides two theses for the transformation of the movement-image to the time-image. In the transformation of the movement-image into the time-image, it is not that the movement-image is replaced, rather it is as if it has been overcome, becoming a ‘first dimension’. Deleuze's images and signs of the cinema are ahistorical. It is mentioned that the movement-image is time as Chronos, the time-image is time as Aion. The reason why there are no films of the Japanese New Wave that investigate the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is then dealt. It is apparent that the movement-image presents no simple, single form of history. The beauty of the time-image is reflected by a beauty of the movement-image.

Keywords: history; cinematic medium; movement-image; time-image; Gilles Deleuze; Japanese New Wave; Chronos; Aion; A-bombing

Chapter.  12092 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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