The Power of Political, Militant, ‘Leftist’ Cinema. Interview with Jacques Rancière

  By Javier Bassa Vila Jacques Rancière’s thought is undisciplined, at least in two different but interlinked senses. On the one hand, in the 1970s Rancière suggested a reading of Marxism that broke with the dominant interpretations of the time, specially with the scientifist Marxism imposed by Althusser (see La leçon d’Althusser, originally published in 1976 and re-published in 2012 by La Fabrique – and due to come out soon in Spanish). On the other hand, the broad interest that his thought has triggered at an international level seems to be also the consequence of another in-discipline: his reflections are…

Jacques Rancière | Identifications of the People

The people has always been a double figure. At the time of the French revolution, it emerged in the opposition between subject of sovereignty and actual population: miserable people or ignorant and fanatic populace. But this duality is still much older. Aforetime the demos in Athens referred to both the sovereign people of the Assembly and the clutter of common people. Democracy is first of all a sobriquet invented by the Athenian elites to designate this inconceivable government of common people. Each time the people is declared sovereign, the same fundamental paradox, under diverse forms, makes the scene. […]

COLOSSAL YOUTH / JUVENTUDE EM MARCHA

Stop the faking (Vanda Duarte) Fuck this mountain … I rembered what Mr Lubitsch said, that the day you find out how to shoot a mountain, you will shoot a man. Uh-oh. I will never shoot a mountain. (Pedro Costa) Erst schwarz und dann weiß ein Messer wie eine Fackel im Dunklen woran sich das Licht entzündet dann wieder schwarz für einen Augenblick Spinnen unter der Decke Schatten unter Schatten unsichtbar wie der Wechsel von Hell Dunkel Chiaroscuro im Stile Rembrandts Texturen grau-grüner Schlieren Maserungen käferfarbener Mauerflecke einer heruntergekommenen Wohnung Phantasie und Begeisterung der Bewohner im Erkennen von Formen Figuren…