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Cinema's Bodily IllusionsFlying, Floating, and Hallucinating$
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Scott C. Richmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690961

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690961.001.0001

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The Unfinished Business of Modernism

The Unfinished Business of Modernism

Anémic Cinéma

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Cinema's Bodily Illusions

Scott C. Richmond

University of Minnesota Press

The first chapter uses Marcel Duchamp’s only surviving film, Anémic Cinéma, to show how proprioceptive aesthetics is a crucial alternative to the modernist aesthetics that orients most of film and media theory, emphasizing their decisively different structures of reflexivity. Anémic Cinéma creates an illusory depth in the coupling between the cinema and its viewers’ bodies: it configures the cinema as an optical device, or a machine for the modulation of its viewers’ perception. In place of representation, it engenders voluptuous illusion. It becomes a schematic diagram for an alternative to modernism, for proprioceptive aesthetics.

Keywords:   Film, Film criticism, Marcel Duchamp, Anémic Cinéma, Modernism, Aesthetic

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