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Untimely AffectsGilles Deleuze and an Ethics of Cinema$
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Nadine Boljkovac

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646449

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646449.001.0001

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From Depths and Ashes

From Depths and Ashes

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Untimely Affects

Nadine Boljkovac

Edinburgh University Press

‘From Depths and Ashes’ focuses upon ‘virtual series’ that exist in relation to the actual and that are revealed through a woman and man, a coupling that invokes the doubling of virtual-actual time, life and death. Through an exploration of affirmative life forces and intensities in relation to events shameful and intolerable, this chapter maintains that film can expose a confrontation with identity, time and death. By way of a becoming-imperceptible or apersonal becoming through a shattering of transcendent illusions, a transformation that realises a woman’s counter-actualisation or creative replaying of her wounds, the chapter argues through Deleuze’s examinations of depth and surface that Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour releases intensities which are expressed through the film’s own ‘depths’ of bodies and ‘singular surfaces’ of skins. This chapter continues to explore relations between actual, tangible individuals as it also examines the violent and destructive mixtures of bodies that effect the sensations and affects that comprise and potentially fracture a human ‘self’. Finally, the chapter contends that Resnais’s art reveals means for moving beyond personal dimensions towards an impersonal, ‘pure’ evocation of affect and association.

Keywords:   Alain Resnais, Deleuze, Surface, Depth, Counter-actualisation, Becoming, Intensity, Duration, Marguerite Duras, Subjectivity

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