Contrapuntal Close-up: The Cinema of John Cassavetes and the Agitation of Sense

Daniele Rugo

Abstract


According to Jean-Luc Nancy the essential condition for the existence of sense is the 'otherness' of our being-together. For John Cassavetes being-together makes sense only there where it escapes sense.

It will be shown that in fact that both propositions derive from a qualitative distance at the heart of our being-together. This qualitative distance triggers the circulation of sense and leaves sense always open. It is in this way that being-together responds of sense absolutely (responding to its content – the acquired meanings – and its structure – sense’s referentiality) by foreclosing any absolute sense, maintaining itself as it were as the moving horizon of sense.

 


Keywords


Cassavetes; Jean-Luc Nancy, Faces, Sense, Heidegger, Deleuze, Blanchot, Adorno, Hermeneutics, Powers of existence

Full Text: PDF





Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Go to Open Humanities Press

Film-Philosophy | ISSN 1466-4615