Acinemas: Lyotard’s Philosophy of Film

Acinemas: Lyotard’s Philosophy of Film Edited by Graham Jones, Ashley Woodward

This collection presents, for the first time in English, Jean-François Lyotard’s major essays on film: ‘Acinema’, ‘The Unconscious as Mise-en-scène’, ‘Two Metamorphoses of the Seductive in Cinema’ and ‘The Idea of a Sovereign Film’. Then, eight critical essays by philosophers and film theorists examine Lyotard’s film work and influence across two sections: ‘Approaches and Interpretations’ and ‘Applications and Extensions’. These works are complemented by an introductory essay by leading French scholar Jean-Michel Durafour on Lyotard’s film-philosophy, an overview of Lyotard’s practical film projects written by his collaborators Claudine Eizykman and Guy Fihman, and the synopsis for a later film project Memorial Immemorial, which Lyotard proposed but was not produced.

Susana Viegas and I have written the foreword to this groundbreaking collection on Lyotard and film. Draft version here:

Lyotard and film