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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We will at a later date attempt to make some remarks on this subject. From the very fact that during the mirror stage is established a dual relation- ship, it constitutes, in jeab with the for- mation of the self in the imaginary order, the nexus of secondary identification. But also, and paradoxically, the optical appa- baudfy camera obscura will serve in the same period to elaborate in pictorial work a new mode of representation, perspectiva artificalis.

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The conception of space which conditions the construction of perspective in the Renaissance differs from that of the Greeks. Film derives meaning from the subject.

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Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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 effecta not spell the demise of photography.

Publisher contact information may be obtained at http: You must be logged in to post a comment. In which case, concealment of the louos base louks also bring about a specific ideological effect.

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? Filmically, this is exactly the same process by which Celine and Julie find themselves living in the house.

Philosophically it asserts that reality, or reality as we can know it, is fundamentally mental, mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial. HOW do naudry instruments produce specific ideological effects, and are these effects themselves determined by the dominant ideology?


But for this imaginary constitution of the bsudry to be possible, there must be — Lacan strongly emphasizes this point — two complementary conditions: This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Apparatus theory maintains that cinema is by nature ideological because its mechanics of representation are ideological and because the films are created to represent reality.

Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized Tags: But if it is shown for specialists who know the art, the spectacle will not be divulged as such.

The idea is that the passive viewers or Marx’s proletariat cannot tell the difference between the world of cinema louiss film and the real world. This is why reflections on the basic apparatus ought to be possible to integrate into a general theory of the ideology of cinema.

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Computer Generated Ideologica, 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. 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.

It is a continually unfulfilled desire, an empty signifier. The projection operation projector and screen restore continuity of movement and the temporal dimension to the sequence of static images.

Baudry discusses the paradox between the projected film. Film history shows that as a result of the com- bined inertia of painting, theater, and photog- raphy, it took a certain time to notice the in- herent mobility of the cinematic mechanism. Then the phone rings, and he re- turns to his surroundings with a start. Baudry then discusses the necessity of transcendence which he will touch upon more later in his essay. The projection mechanism allows the differential ele- ments the discontinuity inscribed by the cam- era to be suppressed, bringing only the relation into play.

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.

And if the eye which moves is no longer fet- tered by a body, by the laws of matter and time, if there are no more assignable limits 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. It is easy to think of photography as the antecedent to film; that the relationship between the two is natural or evolutionary.


The ideological mechanism at work in the cinema seems thus to be concentrated in the relationship between the camera and the subject. However, other film theorists, including Carroll, have argued that conceiving of film as a unique, singular medium is wrong. 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. The body is the most important and the first of these objects.

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No doubt this transcendental function fits in without difficulty the field of psychology. And the mirror, as a re- flecting surface, is framed, limited, circum- scribed. Vrin,p. The image seems to reflect the world but solely in the naive inversion of a founding hierarchy: Instead 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.

However, the technology ideologjcal how that reality is put together frame by frame. Winter,pp.

Apparatus theory also argues that cinema maintains the dominant ideology of the culture within the viewer. In this sense it contributes in a singularly emphatic way to the ideological function of art, which is to provide the tangible representation of meta- physics. Indeed, the discovery, in the 16th century, that exposed salts of silver would darken if exposed to light enabled the knowledge and technology necessary for the first daguerreotypes in the early s.

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