Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus. Jean-Louis Baudry, Alan Williams. FILM QUART, Vol. 28 No. 2, Winter, ; (pp. ) DOI. Apparatus theory, derived in part from Marxist film theory, semiotics, and psychoanalysis, was a This effect is ideological because it is a reproduced reality and the cinematic This theory is explored in the work of Jean-Louis Baudry. This is. Jean-Louis Baudry, ‘Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic. Apparatus’, Film Quarterly, 28 (Winter –75), (reprinted in Movies. & Methods.

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Engaging the Moving Image. They have been protected by the inviolability baurry science is sup- posed to provide. The years of early cinema are marked by disparate, competing technologies, all of which can lay claim to heralding in the modern film ideollgical each of which has informed and shaped what eventually became standardized, in the early 20th century, as the modern cinema.

In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream. Increasingly films are being edited with non-linear editing programs, which require the analog film stock to be digitized so that the ecfects can be edited on computers.

Between the imaginary gathering of the fragmented body into a unity and the transcendentality of the self, giver of unifying meaning, the current is indefinitely reversible. And the mirror, as a re- flecting surface, is framed, limited, circum- scribed.

Thus the cinema assumes the role played throughout Western history by various artistic formations. The film was never able to overcome the eco- nomic blockade.

The cinema manifests in a hallucinatory manner the belief in the omnipotence of thought, described by Freud, which plays so important a role in neurotic defense mechanisms.

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Baudry’s Ideological Effects of the Cinematic Apparatus – Sonia’s Sees

In this sense we could say that film — and perhaps in this respect it is exemplary — lives on the denial of difference: Note the similarity between this and the constructed image on screen. Its mechanical nature not only permits the shooting of differential images as rapidly as wffects but also destines it to change position, to move.


The camera needs to seize the subject in a mode of specular reflection. Baudry moves on to how he believes the subject is so able to become consciously enmeshed in the film. University of Cali- fornia Press.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Projection and reflection take place in a closed space and those who remain there, whether they know it or not but they do notfind themselves chained, cap- tured, or captivated. Just as the origins of film are marked by the existence of competing image technologies so to is in the current film world.

The mirror stage is also where the subject becomes alienated from itself, and thus is introduced into the Imaginary order. 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.

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Your email address will not be published. But here we must turn to the relation between the succession of images inscribed by the camera and their projection, bypassing momentarily the place occupied by montage, which plays a decisive role in the strategy of the ideology produced.

French film critic Andre Bazin published a four-volume tome whose title, What is Cinema? Of course the use of lenses of dif- ferent focal lengths can alter the perspective of an image.

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

The first, attached to the image itself, derives from the character portrayed as a center of secondary identifications, carrying an identity which con- stantly must be seized and reestablished. We must first establish the place of the in- strumental base in the set of operations which combine in the production of a film we omit consideration of economic implications. Manovich, The Language of New Media Ideology operates by obfuscating the means by which it is produced.


But already a question: It is thus first at the level of the apparatus that the cinema functions as a language: Finally, between the fin- ished product possessing exchange value, a commodity and its consumption use value is introduced another operation effected by a set of instruments. These separate frames have between them differences that are indis- pensible for the creation of an illusion of con- tinuity, of a continuous passage movement, time.

Husserl, Les Meditations Cartesiennes Paris: Bazin, What is Cinema? No doubt the darkened room and the screen bordered with black like a letter of condolences already present privileged conditions of effec- tiveness — no exchange, no circulation, no com- munication with any outside.

Baudry, Jean Louis Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus

It is strange but is it so strange? Efffects of a filmstrip moving in front of a flickering light, these devices quickly rotated images in front of peepholes to create the illusion of moving images. Only an error or lack of competence will permit them to seize, and this is a disagreeable sensation, the changes of time and place of action.

Is the experience of watching a film in your living room while making fun of it with your friends, or watching it on your iPhone on the bus, conducive to the same ideological operations? Baudry begins by describing how when a camera follows a trajectory, it becomes trajectory, seizes a moment, becomes a moment.

Pressrow by Chris Pearson. The latter, in any case, could not have been conquered without exercising violence ideologicql the instrumental base, as can be dis- covered from most of the texts by film-makers and critics: Disturbing elements distance the spectator from the film, allowing her to apprehend its ideological processes?

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