Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus. Jean-Louis Baudry, Alan Williams. FILM QUART, Vol. 28 No. 2, Winter, ; (pp. ) DOI. How do we interpret the ideological effects of the basic apparatus for viewing in ? What happens to the transcendental subject in the. Baudry, Jean Louis Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus.

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Having the power of ubiquity, I am everjrwhere and nowhere. Carroll, Engaging the Moving Image6. It is an apparatus destined to obtain cinematogrqphic precise ideological effect, necessary to the dominant ideology: But if it is shown for specialists who know the art, the spectacle will not be divulged as such.

And if the eye which moves is no longer fet- tered by a body, by the laws of matter and time, dffects there are no more assignable appaatus to its dis- placement — conditions fulfilled by the possibili- ties of shooting and of film — the world will not only be constituted by this eye but for it. The relation between the individual frames and the projection would resemble the relation between points and a curve in geometry. Corti and Bazin, What Is Cinema?

But only effectw one condition can these dif- ferences create this illusion: But, on the other hand, going back to the first question, one may ask, do the instruments the technical base produce specific ideological effects, and are these effects themselves determined by the dominant ideol- ogy? As effecgs as the technologies overlap, there are crucial differences between the film and photography including, for example, the possibility of synchronous sound in film. Computer Generated Images CGI have replaced older, analog special effects techniques, some of which, such as superimposition, date back to the early twentieth century and are almost as old as cinema itself.

Jean-Louis Baudry “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus” – A Review

The body is thf most important and the first of these objects. Celluloid-based photography would go on to serve as the cineematographic basis for most modern films. However, the technology disguises how that reality is put together frame by frame.


The forms of narrative adopted, the contents, are of little importance so long as identification remains possible.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat His preliminary definition is constructed by situating film in opposition to other media in an attempt to isolate what is unique to film.

Ideologicap fact, this substitution is only possible on the condition that the instrumentation itself be hidden or re- pressed. No doubt this transcendental function fits in without difficulty the field of psychology.

It supposes the subject and it circumscribes his place. Though most technologies were photography-based, the Mutoscope 19th century and Zoetrope 19th centuryfor example, were devices that functioned in ways principally similar to film projection.

Reality will never appear except as relative to the images which reflect it, in some way inaugurated by a reflection anterior to itself. So what is the importance of this effacement of discontinuity in frames. In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream. Some of the same problems as many theories of film and culture of the postwar era including Adorno and Horkeimer and many of the psychoanalytic theories of the 70s that were concerned with the way that cinematic isntitutions influence spectators to seek out viewing pleasures in ways that reflect dominant ideologynamely in that it poses a one-way relationship between the viewer and the filmic text.

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The entire ideolovical of the filmic apparatus is to make us forget the filmic apparatus—we are only made aware of the apparatus when it breaks. In the essay Bazin argues that to understand what cinema is one must attend not only to the ontology of the actual film but also the psychological conditions governing its reception. Ideology operates by obfuscating the means by which it is produced.

But the history of film is not a clean, linear narrative. This scene would be repeated and reenacted in such a manner that the imaginary order activated by a specularization which takes place, everything considered, in reality lulfills its particular function of occultation or of filling the gap, the split, of the subject on the order of the signifier.


Apparatus theory

Your email address will not effexts published. The ability to reconstitute movement is after all only a partial, elementary aspect of a more gen- eral capability. Engaging the Moving Image. It is strange but is it so strange? The relationship between the camera and the subject.

The years of early cinema are marked by disparate, competing technologies, all of which can lay claim to heralding in the modern film and each of which has informed and shaped what eventually became standardized, in the early 20th century, as the modern cinema.

Winter,pp. The JSTOR Archive is a trusted digital repository providing for long-term preservation and access to leading academic journals and scholarly literature from around the world. We refer here to what Lacan says of identifications in liaison with the structure determined by an optical instrument the mirroras they are constituted, in the prevailing figuration of the ego, as lines of resistance to the advance of the analytic work.

And just as no single technology is the immediate precursor to film, the relations hip between film and photography is not simply evolutionary—the advent of cinema did not spell the demise of photography. Its mechanical nature not only permits the shooting of differential images as rapidly as desired but also destines it to change position, to move.

It is thus first at the level of the apparatus that the cinema functions as a language: