A monstrous cinema: the digital and the body

William John Robert Campbell Brown

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In his book on the time-image, Gilles Deleuze explains how cinema is based not on montage, but on montrage. That is, cinema shows (French: montrer). Similarly, Mary Ann Doane explains that cinema is a monstrator that shows us events rather than narrating them. Whilst the digital special effects cinema of Hollywood is obviously a monstrative cinema inhabited by digital monsters, there exists a parallel trend in European cinema: the digitally-shot film in which the human body is rendered equally monstrous. That is, the body is both shown and horrific. This paper will question whether we can consider such monstrous films (A Hole in my Heart, Baise-moi, etc) as symptomatic of their digital provenance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


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