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Composing as the Praxis of Revolution: The Third World and the USA

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Abstract:

Edouard de Laurot's essay 'Composing as the Praxis of Revolution: The Third World and the USA' was one of five theoretical texts published in the film journal Cineaste between 1970 and 1971 under the name of Yves de Laurot. The essay is a key statement of Cinema Engage, focusing on the artistic methodology of prolepsis as a political discourse. For de Laurot, prolepsis is to be understood as the 'power to perceive futurity within the present'. For cinema to project the power of the 'imaginary desirable', which can only emerge through conflict with what exists, cinema must be understood relationally as a 'rapprochement' between film production and revolutionary praxis.

Keywords: America!; Black Liberation; Black Panther Party for Self Defense; Cineaste; Cinema Engage; Listen; The Wake; Yves de Laurot; prolepsis; revolutionary praxis; urban guerilla

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2011.545615

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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