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In Search of a New Image of ThoughtGilles Deleuze and Philosophical Expressionism$
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Gregg Lambert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678020

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.001.0001

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The Image of Thought in Modern Cinema: the Brain Machine (Ca. 1985)

The Image of Thought in Modern Cinema: the Brain Machine (Ca. 1985)

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In Search of a New Image of Thought

Gregg Lambert

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the “image of thought” in modern cinema, especially what Deleuze calls “the cinema of the brain.” Within the “machine” of cinema is a means of transcending the mechanisms of perception, opinion (common ideas, or views), and cliché in order to invent newer and finer articulations of the linkages between the human and the world (linkages that Deleuze would later call the creation “percepts and affects”). Modern cinema does this precisely by making use of stock conventions and habitual determinations“to pass through the net of determinations that have spread out” into a world (determinations of perception, opinion, character, etc.); however, it fashions its own conventions, which become doxa (opinion) as well—and there is always a danger that these forms will become too rigid and dominant.

Keywords:   image of thought, cinema of the brain, intellectual cinema, percepts and affects, modern cinema, conventions, determinations

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