Alain Resnais (1922 – 2014), alongside his early collaborators Chris Marker (1921 – 2012) and Agnès Varda (1928), comprised the Left Bank Group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In keeping with Resnais’ early commitment to cine-philosophical examinations of actual horrific events, injustices and, moreover, their aftermaths of affliction, this lecture series touches on the poetic elegance of Resnais’ works that singularly express experiences of memory, time and affect. Through explorations of how Resnais’ Cinema of Time at once evokes the ephemeral and material, intimate and universal, present and past-future, this course will consider some of Resnais’ most famed mid-career works alongside his earlier short films, with and without Marker. With regard to Resnais’ cinema in general, philosopher Gilles Deleuze observes that ‘[t]he sheets of past come down and the layers of reality go up, in mutual embraces which are flashes of life: what Resnais calls ‘feeling’ or ‘love’, as mental function.’
Across the five lectures of this series, Nadine Boljkovac and Patricia Pisters will explore how time and affect are, as Deleuze suggests, ‘the principal characters of [this] brain-world.’ And so, as deeply moved by and indebted to his images, this course attempts at its heart to honour the lingering beauty of Resnais’ cinema.
Patricia Pisters is professor of Media Studies (with a specialization in film studies) at the University of Amsterdam. Her research and teaching focuses on film-philosophy, in conjunction with neuroscience. She also writes and lectures regularly about classic film authors and about Dutch film culture.
Nadine Boljkovac (PhD, Cambridge/MA, York Canada/Honours BA, Toronto) is Senior Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University. She wrote a monograph examining affect and ethics via Chris Marker and Alain Resnais: Untimely Affects: Gilles Deleuze and an Ethics of Cinema (Edinburgh University Press 2013).
Lectures and Screenings on Alain Resnais
- July 18
12:00 Lecture: Resnais’ Time-Machine
According to Gilles Deleuze Alain Resnais’s Je t’aime, je t’aime is one of the very few films that shows us how we live in time. Dive into the temporal universe of Resnais’s films, and discover how this experimental science fiction film brings us in a time machine of the past.
14:30 Screening Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968)
- July 19
12:00 Lecture: Memory-ages of the world
14:30 Screening Muriel ou le temps d’un retour (1963)
- July 20
12:00 Lecture: Cut and Continuum: Resnais’ jumps, layers and tracking shots through time
14:30 Screening Providence (1977)
- July 21
12:00 Lecture: A Secret Called Happiness
14:30 Screening Shorts Program
Les statues meurent aussi (1953)
Nuit et brouillard (1956)
Toute la memoire du monde (1957)
- July 22
12:00 Lecture: From Depths and Ashes
14:30 Screening Hiroshima mon amour (1959)