Gilles Deleuze from A to Z

Gilles Deleuze from A to Z

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by Gilles Deleuze
     
 

Although Gilles Deleuze never wanted a film to be made about him, he agreed to Claire Parnet's proposal to film a series of conversations in which each letter of the alphabet would evoke a word: From A (as in Animal) to Z (as in Zigzag). These DVDs, elegantly transtlated and subtitled in English, make these conversations available for English-speaking audiences

Overview

Although Gilles Deleuze never wanted a film to be made about him, he agreed to Claire Parnet's proposal to film a series of conversations in which each letter of the alphabet would evoke a word: From A (as in Animal) to Z (as in Zigzag). These DVDs, elegantly transtlated and subtitled in English, make these conversations available for English-speaking audiences? for the first time.In dialogue with Parnet (a journalist and former student of Deleuze), the philosopher exhibited the modest and thrilling transparency that his seminal works (such as Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus) reveal. The sessions were taped when Deleuze was already terminally ill; he and Parnet agreed that the film would not be shown publicly until after his death. The awareness of mortality floats through the dialogues, making them not just intellectually stimulating but also emotionally engaging. Because Parnet knew Deleuze so well, she was able to draw him out—as no one else had—to what might be the 1001st plateau: a place of brilliance, rigor, and charm.In "A as in Animal," for example, Deleuze vents his hatred of pets: "A bark," he declares, "really seems to me the stupidest cry." Instead, he praises the tick: "... in a nature teeming with life, [the tick] extracts three things": light, smell, and touch. This, he claims, in a sense is philosophy. "And that is your life's dream?" Parnet wryly asks.

"That's what constitutes a world," he replies. For Deleuze, doing philosophy meant not just creating concepts but living a life in philosophy. Gilles Deleuze from A to Z presents the mind of a great philosopher at work.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...[A] rare and interesting look at the man and his letters."— Roy Christopher Blog

Library Journal
This unique three-disc collection comprises over seven hours of interviews with Gilles Deleuze (1925-95), one of the most influential French philosophers of the second half of the 20th century. His prolific and highly varied intellectual trajectory ranged from scholarly examinations of important modern philosophers (such as Spinoza, Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche) and original and collaborative contributions to social and political philosophy and richly allusive work on art, literature, and cinema. Filmed in the late 1980s at Deleuze's Paris apartment as he was facing terminal illness, the interviews are conducted by journalist and Deleuze's former student Claire Parnet. They are structured flexibly around themes prompted by each letter of the alphabet (e.g., "A" for animal, "C" for culture, "R" for resistance), an arrangement in which Deleuze showcases his immensely resourceful insight with humor and pathos. VERDICT Given the accessibly conversational nature of its format, the piquant diversity and breadth of topics explored, and Deleuze's stature in recent French philosophy, this set will appeal to students of continental philosophy as well as to wider audiences interested in the intellectual culture of recent European history.—Rob Sica, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Richmond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584351016
Publisher:
Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date:
12/30/2011
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents Series
Edition description:
DVD; 453 Minutes
Pages:
3
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"...[A] rare and interesting look at the man and his letters."— Roy Christopher Blog

Semiotext(e)

" Gilles Deleuze from A to Z... is a riveting, self-penned obituary of a sickly and self-reflexive philosopher, whose ruminations on bodies, space, art and knowledge constitute both an encyclopedia and an atlas." — Erik Morse,Frieze

Semiotext(e)

"…[A] dense and illuminating filmed interview structured as an alphabet primer (A as in "Animal," B as in "Boire," C as in "Culture"...)… it's not a standard interview but a final testimony, with an interlocutor who serves expertly as muse."— Rachel Kushner, BOMB

Semiotext(e)

"Gilles Deleuze (1925-95) is without question one of the most important philosophers writing in French in the second half of the twentieth century…A unique and important document that will engage anyone interested in Deleuze's thought."—A. D. Schrift,Choice

Semiotext(e)

Meet the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris
VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Félix Guattari.

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Gilles Deleuze from A to Z 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of interview footage from one of the most intelligent (and clever) philosophers of the past half century. Six hours of intriguing and inspiring ideas spoken by Deleuze which are sectioned into about 15 minutes for each letter of the alphabet.
livingthegoodlife More than 1 year ago
DONT ORDER IT FROM BARNES AND NOBLE! I had the most hell-ish time trying to get it from B&N. order it from anywhere else, even if it costs you a couple dollars more. i promise that it will save you the pain (yes, pain) and energy that i had to exert to order it from b&n. i gave this as a gift to a friend, and they love it. i myself haven't watched it, but it looks excellent. i appreciate that the producer decided to keep everything simple, and they way that deleuze would have wanted it.