Lessons of hope from an impure art

Lessons of hope from an impure art


by Alain Badiou, translated by Susan Spitzer

Polity, $34.95 hb, 280 pp, 9780745655673

In recent years, the work of French philosopher Alain Badiou has been discussed with increasing regularity as part of an academic dialogue between cinema studies and philosophy that is often called ‘film-philosophy’. His various writings on cinema were for a long time scattered among many different sources, the majority untranslated. With its original 2010 French version and now this English translation, Cinema has finally changed all that. Containing thirty-one different pieces, all but five appearing in English for the first time, this important book offers a unique contemporary philosopher’s rich, varied, yet always coherent and evolving response to cinema spanning seven decades.

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Hamish Ford

Hamish Ford

Hamish Ford is a Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle. His forthcoming book is Post-War Modernist Cinema and Philosophy: Confronting Negativity and Time (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

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