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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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 baidry effects which they may provoke themselves?

The mirrored image is not the child itself but instead a reflected image, and 2. The article is presented here as a central document in the recent evolution of French film thought.

Its mechanical nature not only permits the shooting of differential images as rapidly as desired but also destines it to change position, to move. The cinema can thus appear as a sort of psy- chic apparatus of substitution, corresponding to the model defined by the dominant ideology.


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The image seems to reflect the world but solely in the naive inversion of a founding hierarchy: And the mirror, as a re- flecting surface, is framed, limited, circum- scribed.

Winter,pp. Sociologically, idealism emphasizes how human ideas — especially beliefs and values — shape society. When such discontinuity is made apparent then to Baudry both transcendence, meaning in the subject, and ideology can be impossible.

Noel Carroll, in the Encyclopedia of Aestheticsattempts to make a push towards determining how one is to differentiate the film image from pro-filmic reality, paintingstill pictures, and theater. And if the eye which moves is no longer fet- tered by a body, by ideologicall laws of matter and time, if there are no more assignable louuis to its dis- placement — conditions fulfilled by the possibili- ties of shooting and of film — the world will not only be constituted by this eye but for it.

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It would rather take partially the place of the ego, of whose deviations little is known in the analytic field. 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.


In the essay Bazin argues that to understand what cinema is one must attend not only to the ontology of the actual film but also the psychological conditions governing its reception. 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.

In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream. But this is only a technical imperfection which, since the birth of cinema, has already in large measure been remedied.

It is an initiative of JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help the scholarly community take advantage of advances in technology. Oxford English Dictionary2nd ed. Jeam only on one condition can these dif- ferences create this illusion: The conception of space which conditions the construction of perspective in the Renaissance differs from that of the Greeks.

Jean-Louis Baudry “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus” – A Review

Baudry begins by describing how when a camera follows a trajectory, it becomes trajectory, seizes a moment, becomes a moment. Apparatus theory follows an institutional model of spectatorship. The Archive is supported by libraries, scholarly societies, publishers, and foundations.

This is problematic for two reasons, 1. Baudry discusses the paradox between the projected film. Publisher contact information may be obtained at http: Apparatus theory maintains that cinema is ,ouis nature ideological because its mechanics of representation are ideological and because the films are created to represent reality. Baudry moves jwan to how he believes the subject is so able to become consciously enmeshed in the film.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. We must first establish the place of the in- strumental base in the set of operations which combine in the production of a film we omit consideration of economic implications. Film theory Filmmaking stubs. The film was never able to overcome the eco- nomic blockade.

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 louos the forerunners of electronic image-making.

Though mutually dependent from ideoloical points of view, decoupage [shot break- down before shooting] and montage [editing, or final assembly] must be distinguished because of the essential difference in the signifying raw material on which each operates: Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized Tags: This effect is ideological because it is a reproduced reality and the cinematic experience affects the viewer on a deep level.


French film critic Andre Bazin published a four-volume tome whose title, What is Cinema? The principle of transcendence which conditions and is conditioned by the perspective construction represented in painting and in the photographic image which copies from it seems to inspire all ideologiczl idealist paeans to which the cinema has given rise [such as we find in Cohen- Seat or Bazin].

The multiplicity of aspects of the object in view refers to a synthesizing operation, to the unity of this constituting subject: These daguerreotypes eventually gave way to the first modern photographs in the middle of the 19th century, culminating in when Eastman introduced celluloid as the material basis for iean.

The Oxford English Dictionary offers seven unique definitions of the word film. Engaging the Moving Image.

No doubt this transcendental function fits in without difficulty the field of psychology. Its inscription, its manifestation as such, on the other hand, would produce a knowledge effect, as actualization of the work process, as denunciation of ideology, and as a critique of idealism. This scene would be repeated and reenacted in such a manner that the imaginary order activated by a specularization which takes place, everything considered, in reality lulfills lois particular function of occultation or of filling the gap, the split, of the subject on the order of the signifier.

Ideology operates by obfuscating the means by which it is produced.

Baudry, Jean Louis Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus

The subject sees all, he or she ascends to a ideoogical 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.

Note the similarity between this and the constructed image on screen. The ideological mechanism at work in the cinema seems thus to be concentrated in the relationship between the camera and the subject.