Film still of the film Gilles Deleuze: Qu'est-ce que l'acte de création?, directed by Arnaud des Pallières, Visions du Réel 2012

Gilles Deleuze: Qu'est-ce que l'acte de création?

Arnaud des Pallières
France, 49 min

In 1987, at the invitation of Jean Narboni and Arnaud des Pallières, Gilles Deleuze gave a lecture at the Fémis State film school. He spoke of ideas in cinema, the act of creation, art as a form of resistance. Des Pallières filmed him as he spoke. On screen, a body, gestures, words. In the air, the liberating energy of creation. Filming thinking in motion: des Pallières had already reached this point in his work.
In 1987, Arnaud des Pallières was studying filmmaking at the Fémis (French State film school). With the help of Jean Narboni, then head of the Department of Film Analysis, he asked the philosopher Gilles Deleuze to give a lecture at the school.  “What I wanted was to hear his views on a current cliché – ‘art is communication’ – which really got my goat: I was expected to make films communicating something clear and intelligible to the viewer, whereas I wanted to stake a claim for complexity. It was as if poetry, art, cinema were  mere instruments for some other purpose.” Deleuze agreed to answer questions from the students. Des Pallières prepared a list and filmed him while he spoke of ideas, the act of creation, art as a form of resistance. On screen, a body, gestures, words. In the air, the liberating energy of creation. Filming thinking in motion: des Pallières had already reached this point in his work.

Luciano Barisone (Translation BMP Translations)

Duration
49 min
Year
1987
Country
France
Section
Atelier Arnaud Des Pallières
Language
French
Production
La Fémis

Atelier Arnaud Des Pallières

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