Memory and the Moving Image

Isabelle Mcneill

in Memory and the Moving Image

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671014 | DOI:
Memory and the Moving Image

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This chapter addresses theories of memory and theories of the moving image. It follows Paul Ricoeur in a conviction that memory is fundamentally ‘about the past’. It also presents an examination of the implications of digital technologies that result in the question of linear conceptions of time through Gilles Deleuze's concept of the time-image. Ricoeur discovers in Henri Bergson's analysis a useful approach to the problem of differentiating imagination from memory. Digital technologies would present a Benjaminian ideal of perfect and limitless reproducibility. The problem of authenticity is relevant to a discussion of memory in cinema. The current expansion of the use of digital technologies in all aspects of cinema is offering filmmakers with new opportunities. Roland Barthes' literary understanding of intertextuality meets a Deleuzian concept of the image-crystal, the cinematic incitation to perceive multiple temporal layers.

Keywords: memory; moving image; theories; Paul Ricoeur; Gilles Deleuze; Henri Bergson; Roland Barthes; authenticity; cinema

Chapter.  15916 words. 

Subjects: Film

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