Deleuze's Cinema Books: Three Introductions to the Taxonomy of Images

Deamer, David

Deleuze’s two Cinema books explore film through the creation of a series of philosophical concepts. Not only bewildering in number, Deleuze’s writing procedures mean his exegesis is both complex and elusive. Three questions emerge: What are the underlying principles of the taxonomy? How many concepts are there, and what do they describe? How might each be used in engaging with a film?

This book is the first to fully respond to these three questions, unearthing the philosophies inspiring Deleuze’s classifications, exploring every concept and reading a film for each. Clearly and concisely mapping the Cinema books for newcomers to Deleuzian film studies, as well as opening up new areas of enquiry for expert readers.

> An interpretation of Bergson’s Matter and Memory through Deleuze’s Bergsonism describing the ground of Deleuze’s film-philosophy

> A reading of Peirce's semiosis from Pragmatism and Pragmaticism explicating the genesis and components of the movement-image

> An examination of Deleuze’s syntheses of time, space and consciousness from Difference and Repetition illuminating the genesis and components of the time-image

> Concise engagements with each of the cinematic signs to assist reading Deleuze’s Cinema books, as well as commentaries and monographs that draw upon them

> 44 film readings – one for each cinematic sign – to clarify their application