Baudry’s Ideological Effects of the Cinematic Apparatus apparatus itself functions as a gateway of sorts that allows for ideological effect to. Jean-Louis Baudry, ‘Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic. Apparatus’, Film Quarterly, 28 (Winter –75), (reprinted in Movies. & Methods. Apparatus theory, derived in part from Marxist film theory, semiotics, and psychoanalysis, was a This effect is ideological because it is a reproduced reality and the cinematic experience affects the viewer on a deep level. This theory is In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream.

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Note the similarity between this and the constructed image on screen. Winter,pp. Thus the cinema assumes the role played throughout Western history by various artistic formations.

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These pro- cedures must of necessity call cinematographic technique into play. Baudry begins by describing how when a camera follows a trajectory, it becomes trajectory, seizes a moment, becomes a moment. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Is the experience of watching a film in your living room while making fun of it with your friends, or watching it on your iPhone on the bus, conducive to the same ideological operations?

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Obviously we are not speaking here of investment of capital in the process. The mirrored image is not the child itself but instead a reflected image, and 2. Film theory Filmmaking stubs. Ideology operates by obfuscating the means by which it is produced. Pressrow by Chris Pearson. Having the power of ubiquity, I am everjrwhere and nowhere. Then the still photographs turn into moving image, showing the two women talking, the crowds of people walking and the young boy laughing.


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Jean-Louis Baudry “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus” – A Review

On this point it is true that the idwological is revealed as incomplete. We would like to establish for the cinema a few guidelines which will need to be completed, verified, improved.

ideologicla One could doubtless question the privileged position which optical instruments seem to occupy on the line of intersection ideologcial science and ideological products. Some of the same problems as many theories of film and culture of the postwar era including Adorno and Horkeimer and many of the psychoanalytic theories of the 70s that were concerned with the way that cinematic isntitutions influence spectators to seek out viewing pleasures in ways that reflect dominant ideologynamely in that it poses a one-way relationship between the viewer and the filmic text.

Finally, between the fin- ished product effectss exchange value, a commodity and its consumption use value is introduced another operation effected by a set of instruments. Presses Universitaires de France,p. In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream.

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But already a question: But, on the other hand, going back to the first question, one may ask, do the instruments the technical base produce specific ideological effects, and are these effects themselves determined by the dominant ideol- ogy? Your email address will not be published.

Please contact the publisher regarding any further use of this work. The question is whether the former will permit the latter to constitute and seize itself in a par- ticular mode of specular reflection.


If the spectators always identify with the camera and are subject to ideological effects no matter what the cinematographic apparatus is, then, how do we know if the idrological are produced by content or apparatus?

We must first establish the place of the in- strumental base in the set of operations which combine in the production of a film we omit consideration of economic implications. The article is presented here as a central document in the recent evolution of French film thought.

Baudry: “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus” – The Ways of seeing

This occurs, rather, as a sort of proof or verification of that function, a solidification ecfects repetition. However, projection works by effacing these differences.

We refer here to what Lacan says of identifications in liaison with the structure determined by an optical instrument the mirroras they are constituted, in the prevailing figuration of the ego, as lines of resistance to the advance of the analytic work.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Projection and reflection take place in a closed space and those who remain there, whether they know it or not but they do notfind themselves chained, cap- tured, or captivated.

If someone could distill it into plain English, I think I can actually start making sense of this essay. The entire function of the filmic apparatus is to make us forget the filmic apparatus—we are only made aware of the apparatus when it breaks.