Baudry’s Ideological Effects of the Cinematic Apparatus apparatus itself functions as a gateway of sorts that allows for ideological effect to. Jean-Louis Baudry, ‘Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic. Apparatus’, Film Quarterly, 28 (Winter –75), (reprinted in Movies. & Methods. 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 experience affects the viewer on a deep level. This theory is In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream.

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This is indeed the paradox that emerges if erfects look directly at a strip of processed film: Unmask the potentialities implied in present states of consciousness: This theory is explored in the work of Jean-Louis Baudry. In this sense we could say that film — and perhaps in this respect it is exemplary — lives on the denial of difference: And the mirror, as a re- flecting surface, is framed, limited, circum- scribed.

Filmically, this is exactly the same process by which Celine and Julie find themselves living in the house. However, when projected the frames create meaning, through the relationship between them, creating a juxtapositioning and a continuity.

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Please contact the publisher regarding any further use of this work. However, the technology disguises how that reality is put together frame by frame. He goes on to say that because movie-goers are not distracted by outside light, noise, etc. But it is precisely this relation and the restora- tion of continuity to discontinuous elements which poses a problem. Reality will never appear except as relative to the images which reflect it, in some way inaugurated by a reflection anterior to itself.


If the latter, consumption of the product will obviously be accompanied by ideological surplus value.

And to what degree do these two variables affect the audience respectively? This continuity was one of the most difficult things to obtain. Add to effcets that the ego believes that what is shown is shown for a reason, that whatever it sees has purpose, has meaning. Skip to content Summary: Apparatus theory also states that within the text’s perspective, the central position of the viewer is ideological.

The center of this space corresponds with the eye, which corresponds with the subject. The eye is given a false sense of effecys freedom of movement. The physical confinements and atmosphere of the theater help in the immersion of the subject.

Baudry: “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus” – The Ways of seeing

The forms of narrative adopted, the contents, are of little importance so long as identification remains possible. Retrieved 4 December Thus an increase in ideological value is ideeological increase in mystification. Or as Baudry puts it….

In which case, concealment of the technical base will also bring about a specific ideological effect. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Finally, between the fin- ished product possessing exchange value, a commodity and its consumption use value is introduced another operation effected by a set of instruments.


From the very fact that during the mirror stage is established a dual relation- ship, it constitutes, in conjunction with the for- mation of the self in the imaginary order, the nexus of erfects identification. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The film goes through transformations, from decoupage, the shot breakdown before shooting, to montage.

Or will the ideological function still work without projection in a dark space?

The dimensions of the image itself, the ratio between height and width, seem clearly taken from an average drawn from Western easel painting. Notify me of new comments via email.

Apparatus theory

The central position of the spectator within the perspective of the composition is also ideological. Of course the use of lenses of dif- ferent focal lengths can alter the perspective of an image. The body is the most important and the first of these objects. But, on the other hand, going back to the first question, one may ask, do the instruments the technical base produce specific ideological effects, and are these effects themselves determined by the dominant ideol- ogy?

But this much, at least, is clear in the history of cinema: You are commenting using your WordPress.