The philosophical war: Beyond the Cartesian subject in Alain Resnais's La Guerre est finie (1966)

This article provides a detailed formal analysis of constructs of subjectivity in the early feature films of Alain Resnais, culminating in a close reading of his 1966 film, La Guerre est finie/The War is Over. Vaughan argues that Resnais offers a unique and illustrative example for how cinema is aligned with twentieth-century philosophy, in particular through his modes of deconstructing conventions of film language so as to challenge classical understandings of the binary or hierarchical relationship between subject and object, interior and exterior, real and imaginary. Vaughan uses Deleuze's film-philosophy from The Time Image to deconstruct the boundaries between subject and object, interior and exterior that typically structure spectator-film relationships.

Author Name: 
Vaughan, Hunter
Journal: 
Studies in French Cinema
Citation: 
Vaughan, Hunter. "The Philosophical War: Beyond the Cartesian Subject in Alain Resnais's La Guerre Est Finie (1966)." Studies in French Cinema 11.2 (2011): 125-37. Print.