Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus. Jean-Louis Baudry, Alan Williams. FILM QUART, Vol. 28 No. 2, Winter, ; (pp. ) DOI. 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 This theory is explored in the work of Jean-Louis Baudry. This is. Jean-Louis Baudry, ‘Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic. Apparatus’, Film Quarterly, 28 (Winter –75), (reprinted in Movies. & Methods.

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Between the imaginary gathering of the fragmented body into a unity and the transcendentality of the self, giver of unifying meaning, the current is indefinitely reversible.

When such discontinuity is made apparent then to Baudry both transcendence, meaning in the subject, and ideology can be impossible. Does the technical nature of optical instruments, directly attached to scientific prac- tice, serve to conceal not only their use in ideo- logical products but also the bsudry effects which they may provoke themselves?

The projection operation projector and screen restore continuity of movement and the temporal dimension to the sequence of static images.

This is problematic for two reasons, 1. Film history shows that as a result of the com- bined inertia of painting, theater, and photog- raphy, it took a certain time to notice the in- herent mobility of the cinematic mechanism.

However, when projected the frames create meaning, through the relationship between them, creating a juxtapositioning and a continuity. Rather there is a continuum which begins with early experiments and devices aimed at presenting images in sequence and includes not only the emergence in the s of an apparatus recognizable as cinema but also baidry forerunners of electronic image-making.

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But the movement and continuity are the visible expression one might even say the projection of their relations, derived from the tiny discontinuities between the images.

The Language of New Media. The eye is given a false sense of complete freedom of movement. These separate frames have between them differences that are indis- pensible for the creation of an illusion of con- tinuity, of a continuous passage movement, time. And if the eye which moves is no longer fet- tered by a body, by the laws of matter and idrological, if there are no more assignable limits to its dis- placement — conditions fulfilled by the possibili- ties of shooting and ideologicall film — the world will not only be constituted by this eye but for it.

And you have a subject who is given great power and a world in which he or she is entitled to meaning. It is on this point and in function of the elements which we are trying to put in place that a discussion of editing could be opened. Between the two com- plementary stages iedological production a mutation of the signifying material takes place neither translation nor transcription, obviously, for the image is not reducible to language precisely where the camera is. Filmically, this is exactly the same process by which Celine and Julie find themselves living in the house.


Baudry begins by describing how when a camera follows a trajectory, it becomes trajectory, seizes a moment, becomes a moment. But this is only a technical imperfection which, since the birth of cinema, has already in large measure been remedied. Ieological hap- pens as if, the subject himself being unable — and for a reason — to account for his own situa- tion, it was necessary to substitute secondary organs, grafted on to replace his own defective ones, instruments or ideological formations ca- pable of filling his function as subject.

But here we must turn to the relation between the succession of images inscribed by the camera and their projection, bypassing momentarily the place occupied by montage, which plays a decisive role in the strategy of the ideology produced.

The ability to reconstitute movement is after all only a partial, elementary aspect of a more gen- eral capability. We would like to establish for the cinema a few guidelines which will need to be completed, verified, improved.

This occurs, rather, as a sort of proof or verification of that function, a solidification through repetition. This filmmaking article is a stub. The rise of digital imaging technologies over the last few decades is challenging film as the material basis for cinema. Reynolds Roberto Kutcher W. In which case, concealment of the technical base will also bring about a specific ideological effect.

Both, fool the subject the viewer and the self into believing in a continuity, while both occasionally providing glimpses of the actual discontinuity present in the construction. Indeed, defining what a film is has proven to be one of the central tropes in film discourse. This might permit the supposi- tion, especially because the camera moves, of a multiplicity of points of view which would neutralize the fixed position of the eye-subject and even nullify it.

Baudry, Jean Louis Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus

Celluloid-based photography would go on to serve as the material basis for wffects modern films. This is indeed the paradox that emerges if we look directly at a strip of processed film: But if it is shown for specialists who know the art, the spectacle will not be divulged as such.

However, the technology disguises how that reality is put together frame by frame.

It is thus first at the level of the apparatus that the cinema functions as a language: So what is the importance of this effacement of discontinuity in frames.

Oxford English Dictionary2nd ed. JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use provides, effets part, that unless you have obtained prior permission, you may not download an entire efffcts of a journal or multiple copies of articles, and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal, non-commercial use. Its mechanical nature not only permits the shooting of differential images as rapidly as desired but also destines it to change position, to move. Computer Generated Images CGI have replaced older, analog special effects techniques, some of which, such as superimposition, date back to the early twentieth century and are almost as old as cinema itself.

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Instead ideologica, a filmstrip moving in front of a flickering light, these devices quickly rotated images in front of peepholes to create the illusion of moving images. The center of this space corresponds with the ideologicl, which corresponds with the subject. Of course the use of lenses of dif- ferent focal lengths can alter the perspective of an image. His preliminary definition is constructed by situating film in opposition to other media in an attempt to isolate what is unique to film.

This continuity was one of the most difficult things to obtain. Though most technologies were photography-based, the Mutoscope 19th century and Zoetrope 19th centuryfor example, were devices that functioned in ways principally similar to film projection. As a means for situating film in the broader context of media, and as a means for handling the range of ways that film can be understood as a medium, it will be fruitful to initiate this reference article by making explicit two central definitions of the word.

These pro- cedures must of necessity call cinematographic technique into play. Carroll, Engaging the Moving Image6.

Baudry then discusses the necessity of transcendence which he will touch upon more later in his essay. The image seems to reflect the world but solely in the naive inversion of a founding hierarchy: The first, attached to the image itself, derives from the character portrayed as a center of secondary identifications, carrying an identity which con- stantly must be seized and reestablished.

The mirrored image is not the child itself but instead a reflected ideolpgical, and 2. Or as Baudry puts it…. But for this imaginary constitution of the self to be possible, there must be — Lacan strongly emphasizes this point — two complementary conditions: The subject sees all, he or she ascends to a nobler status, a god perhaps, he or she sees all of the world that is presented before them, the visual image is the world, and the subject sees all.

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