Abstract

Abstract:

Through studying select works by auteur Luis Buñuel, focusing in particular on his 1962 masterpiece El ángel exterminador, this article explores cinematic time and the latent, spectral temporalities underlying the medium of film itself—delay, repetition, prolonged or extended time, time constrained or condensed, temporal aporias or gaps, and the sensation of time as asynchronous with actuality. Buñuel's works wield poetic constructions of time indebted to the surrealist approach, and thus to rupturing order, sense, chronology, and linearity. Across these filmic constructions—what I will call here, meditations on time—there is an acute rendering of time as doubled, lost, and/or unsettled. Buñuel cinematically crafts temporal modes that fold, embed, and/or crystallize other times within them. At the heart of this essay is a deep desire to understand how Buñuel's cinema operates both in and with time, and how it cultivates slowness and modes of deferral tethered to attention and captivation that hold us and make us aware of time's inner-workings. I locate Buñuel's oeuvre at the center of a modern cinema invested in philosophical ruminations on time—time's proliferation, perforation, and entanglements of multiple temporalities, its spectral nature; films that actively contemplate the time created and "sculpted," to draw on Andrei Tarkovsky's evocative phrase, by the act of filming and through the experience of film viewing that they invite.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-9308
Print ISSN
0034-818X
Pages
pp. 351-374
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-10
Open Access
No
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