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Title:Towards a minor cinema: a Deleuzian reflection on Chahine's 'Alexandria Why?' (1978)
Author:Abdul-Jabbar, Wisam Kh.
Year:2015
Periodical:The Journal of North African Studies (ISSN 1743-9345)
Volume:20
Issue:2
Pages:159-171
Language:English
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:filmmakers
philosophy
cinema
films
About persons:Youssef Chahine (1926-2008)ISNI
Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2014.917583
Abstract:In his description of modern political cinema, Gilles Deleuze touches rather briefly on Youssif Chahine's 'Alexandria Why?' (1979) as he explains how it subscribes to minor cinema. He ascribes to Chahine's film the quality of a 'compositional mode', which Deleuze categorises as the third characteristic of minor cinema. The aim of this paper is to elaborate on the Deleuzian view discussed in his book 'Cinema 2: The Time-Image' (1985) and to examine extensively how Chahine's film blurs or conforms to the other characteristics of minor cinema. The paper furthermore explores Deleuze's three descriptions of modern political cinema in relation to Deleuze and Guatarri's conceptual understanding of minor literature as explicated in their book 'Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature' (1975). Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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