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Badiou and Cinema

Alex Ling


This book offers an in-depth examination of cinema and its philosophical significance. It employs the philosophy of Alain Badiou to answer the question central to all serious film scholarship – namely, ‘can cinema be thought?’ Treating this question on three levels, the author first asks if we can really think what cinema is, at an ontological level. Second, he investigates whether cinema can actually think for itself; that is, whether or not it is truly ‘artistic’. Finally, the author explores in what ways we can rethink the consequences of the fact that cinema thinks. In answering these ques ... More

Keywords: cinema, Alain Badiou, film scholarship, Hiroshima mon amour, Vertigo, Matrix, Badiou's philosophy, philosophical significance, what cinema is, ontological level

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641130
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Ling, author