Cinema, or The Imaginary Man

Cinema, or The Imaginary Man

by Edgar Morin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816640386

ISBN-13: 2900816640385

Pub. Date: 06/01/2005

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

When The Cinema, or The Imaginary Man first appeared in 1956, the movies and the moviegoing experience were generally not regarded as worthy of serious scholarly consideration. Yet, French critic and social theorist Edgar Morin perceived in the cinema a complex phenomenon capable of illuminating fundamental truths about thought, imagination, and human nature -

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When The Cinema, or The Imaginary Man first appeared in 1956, the movies and the moviegoing experience were generally not regarded as worthy of serious scholarly consideration. Yet, French critic and social theorist Edgar Morin perceived in the cinema a complex phenomenon capable of illuminating fundamental truths about thought, imagination, and human nature - which allowed him to connect the mythic universe of gods and spirits present within the most primitive societies to the hyperreality emanating from the images projected on the screen. Now making its English-language debut, this audacious, provocative work draws on insights from poets, filmmakers, anthropologists, and philosophers to restore to the cinema the sense of magic first enjoyed at the dawn of the medium. Morin's inquiry follows two veins of investigation. The first focuses on the cinematic image as the nexus between the real and the imaginary; the second examines the cinema's re-creation of the archaic universe of doubles and ghosts and its power to possess, to bewitch, to nourish dreams, desires, and aspirations. "We experience the cinema in a state of double consciousness," Morin writes, "an astonishing phenomenon where the illusion of reality is inseparable from the awareness that it is really an illusion."

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ISBN-13:
2900816640385
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Contents Translator's AcknowledgmentsTranslator's Introduction The Cinema or The Imaginary Man: An Essay in Sociological Anthropology Prologue1. The Cinema, the Airplane2. The Charm of the Image3. Metamorphosis of the Cinematograph into the Cinema4. The Soul of the Cinema5. Objective Presence6. The Complex of Dream and Reality7. Birth of a Reason, Blossoming of a Language8. The Semi-Imaginary Reality of Man Author's Preface to the 1977 Edition NotesBibliographyIndex

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