Cinema Night—a special program of film screenings on Garage Rooftop—is dedicated to the iconic book Cinema by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze—released as part of Garage Museum and Ad Marginem’s joint publishing program in 2013.
One of the most eminent philosophers of the twentieth century, Gilles Deleuze was a cinema addict as much as a thinker who—better and earlier than many—realized the role of cinema in constructing and perceiving contemporary reality. He not only influenced the culture of watching films, but tried to capture the impact philosophy had on our understanding of cinema, and conversely, the changes introduced by film to critical theory and philosophy. Deleuze was one of those rare theorists who, when thinking of film, simultaneously thought with the help of it.
The three films, selected for Cinema Night, are examined by Deleuze in his book Cinema, where they play an important role in unveiling the author’s key concepts—the movement-image, the time-image and the action-image. Features by Orson Welles, John Cassavetes and Verner Herzog demonstrate the diverse, yet totally independent ways of overcoming the crisis of action-image—a problem completely ignored by Hollywood productions, armed with an entire arsenal of pompous visual clichés. The body, the false and the fear are defined by Deleuze as the main weapons against cliché. Cassavetes invented “direct cinema” where the time-image is constructed immediately by bodies, poses and faces. Welles employed the potential of the fake in order to undermine the obtrusive linearity of narration. Meanwhile, Werner Herzog's cinematography extends the action-image beyond its borders, transcending the characters into heroes of the impossible, who discover themselves in the infinite hallucinatory visions of Nature.
The screenings will be introduced by philosopher, visual culture theorist and the consultant editor of many Russian translations of Gilles Deleuze’s writings, Oleg Aronson.