Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses

Elsaesser, Thomas

The book is peppered with mentions of Deleuze. In particular, Chapter 7, "Cinema as Brain" includes a discussion of Deleuze (pp. 157-160) which concludes by noting in passing that there is common ground between Deleuze and cognitivists.

What is the relationship between cinema and spectator? That is the central question for film theory, and renowned film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener use this question to guide students through all of the major film theories – from the classical period to today – in this insightful, engaging book. Every kind of cinema (and film theory) imagines an ideal spectator, and then imagines a certain relationship between the mind and body of that spectator and the screen. Using seven distinctive configurations of spectator and screen that move progressively from ‘exterior’ to ‘interior’ relationships, the authors retrace the most important stages of film theory from 1945 to the present, from neo-realist and modernist theories to psychoanalytic, ‘apparatus’, phenomenological and cognitivist theories.

Elsaesser, Thomas & Hagener, Mette, Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses, London: Routledge, 2010.