A Deleuzian Imaginary: The Films of Jean Renoir

This article contrasts the notion of a Deleuzian imaginary with that articulated by various film theorists during the 1970s and 1980s. Deleuze offers us, I argue, a way to conceive of the imaginary in the cinema in a positive way; that is, as something which opens up new expressions of the real. By contrast, for film theorists of the 1970s and 1980s, the imaginary was primarily conceived as a negative concept, as something which offered merely escapes or fraudulent distortions of the real. A Deleuzian imaginary for the cinema can be articulated, I argue, by way of the films of Jean Renoir.

Citation: 
Rushton, Richard. "A Deleuzian Imaginary: The Films of Jean Renoir." Schizoanalysis and Visual Culture. Ed. Phillip Roberts. By Richard Rushton. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2011. 241-60.
Title of Book: 
Schizoanalysis and Visual Culture
Author: 
Rushton, Richard