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Open Access The beauty of the act: Figuring film and the delirious baroque in ‘Holy Motors’

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Leos Carax’s metamorphic Holy Motors (2012) has been received as evading conceptual, physical, and cinematic coherence. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the fold and Nicole Brenez’s work on the figural powers of the cinema, this article argues that Carax’s film reprises the aesthetics of a delirious baroque. Re-evaluating the relevance of the baroque for Carax and for cinema, it identifies the delirious baroque as an embodied aesthetics of movement, materiality, and multiplicity as well as vision.
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Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Leos Carax; Nicole Brenez; baroque; cinema; fold; fijigural; fijilm; metamorphosis; sensation; traces

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of South Australia.

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • NECSUS is an international, double-blind peer reviewed journal of media studies connected to NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) and published by Amsterdam University Press. The journal is multidisciplinary and strives to bring together the best work in the field of media studies across the humanities and social sciences. We aim to publish research that matters and that improves the understanding of media and culture inside and outside the academic community. Each volume includes feature articles, a special thematic section, a video essay section, and a reviews section that covers books, festivals, and exhibitions. NECSUS is targeted to a broad readership of researchers, lecturers, and students, and will be offered as a biannual open access, online journal.

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