Jean-Louis Comolli (born 30 July ) is a French writer, editor, and film director. He was editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from to , during which period he wrote the influential essays “Machines of the Visible” () and “Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspective, Depth of. One does not see so many references to Jean-Louis Comolli these days, which is a shame since the influence of the former editor of the. 16 Jean-Louis Comolli: ‘Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspec- tive, Depth of Field’ (May-June and July ). 17 Pascal Bonitzer: “Reality” of Denotation’.

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When you shoot a film, you are filming the death of something, the death of an idea, the death of the bodies, which pass from a real to a virtual existence.

The Comolli who left Cahiers in and began to work on this film was inevitably a weakened creature. Obviously, the longer the duration, the less control there is. So on the techniqhe hand there is the appearance of a type of cinema which makes me believe ideoloy contemporary fiction films less, and then there is something else: So a whole series of elements ensures that making documentary films is a simplified practice when compared with fiction filmmaking.

Should I use close-up lenses or not? The position of the spectator is central.

I wrote a script on Giovanni Rossi based on this song, and the research I had undertaken. This sequence reminds me a lot of the film La reprise du travail aux usines Wonder Jacques Willemont,which you wrote about in Cahiers.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In I made a two-hour film called Tous pour unwhich followed the presidential contest between Mitterand and Chirac in that year, but from the perspective of the party activists who gathered in the campaign headquarters of the two camps.

Language-Games in Film Theory. Translated and edited by Ronald Levaco. The mark of that shoot has always remained with me. In Mythologies, translated by Annette Lavers, — So, when I made my second feature film, I decided to situate part of the story in Marseilles, because the story dealt with arms smuggling organised by French communists in support of combat groups in the Spanish civil war.


He had lost the battle. Brief forms allow for much greater control than long forms do. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. University of Wisconsin Press. Sade Fourier Loyola left a strong impression on me. His extensive use of these punctuation marks provides a sense of his larger intellectual position: This is a very important element, in my opinion.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Now, the effectiveness of the public discourse of the Front national has had the effect of simplifying politics, of moving away from interminable debates, moving away from the complexity of every political issue, and thus moving towards a form of politics which resembles advertising, or PR. This practice must be linked with twchnique. The four sentences in this introductory paragraph contain seven pairs of scare quotes — an indication that Comolli intends to radically revise familiar concepts.

Firstly, there is the duration of the filming, which has the effect of opening up time, the time to ask questions, to dwell on issues, and come back to them later.

Even forty years later it still has this grip on me, and this is what I always end up seeing. After leaving Cahiersyou began your career as a filmmaker. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on clmolli go. So, in an almost automatic manner Marseilles was a kind of synecdoche for France in my mind. And the fact that this practice is simplified led me to think that the parameters of film theory were founded on precisely such a simplified practice.

So I was far from Paris, from tecbnique life I led at Cahiers. Of course, the film has already been finished by the time it reaches the screen, but nonetheless, we should have the feeling that it is being improvised while we watch it. With documentary filmmaking you can do this. And this is where Le Pen show his true colours: I explained to him that I needed his body to be filmed.


New German Critique 34 Winter: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This was a powerful moment for me, as I truly loved filming there, so much that, a few years later, I embarked on the project to make a documentary film about the city.

This is the contradictory logic which I have already explained, the famous disavowal: In paradise, there are no worries, nothing needs to be done, and then there is the fall.

Cinema against Spectacle: Technique and Ideology Revisited

As it happens, the city of Marseilles occupies a special place in my mind, for a very simple reason, linked to my childhood. And from the moment that the cinema exists, it assumes the importance of reportage. So it has almost tecgnique like a burden that Idfology have carried with me. Looking for beautiful books? Click here to sign up. I flatly did not play the role of master director, in total control.

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The cinematic image, as I said in a rather simple manner, aand become naturalised. Gradients of Depth in the Cinema Image. This is just one of many contradictions. Admittedly, in the cinema there is a dose of spectacle, and in the spectacle there is a dose of cinema. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. But his activity in the cinema extends far beyond this period.