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  • Author(s)Alain Badiou
  • Edition1
  • Published5th July 2013
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN
For Alain Badiou, films think, and it is the task of the
philosopher to transcribe that thinking. What is the subject to
which the film gives expressive form? This is the question that
lies at the heart of Badiou?s account of cinema.



He contends that cinema is an art form that bears witness to the
Other and renders human presence visible, thus testifying to the
universal value of human existence and human freedom. Through the
experience of viewing, the movement of thought that constitutes the
film is passed on to the viewer, who thereby encounters an aspect
of the world and its exaltation and vitality as well as its
difficulty and complexity. Cinema is an impure art cannibalizing
its times, the other arts, and people ? a major art precisely
because it is the locus of the indiscernibility between art and
non-art. It is this, argues Badiou, that makes cinema the social
and political art par excellence, the best indicator of our
civilization, in the way that Greek tragedy, the coming-of-age
novel and the operetta were in their respective eras.
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