Epstein as pioneer of corporeal cinema
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Jean Epstein's influence on specific filmmakers and films is harder to trace, and certainly more diffuse, than the impact of his philosophy and photogénie on the development of film theory and philosophies of cinema. For some critics, it is the loose school with which Epstein has been associated that represents the nexus of influence in the history of cinema. Epstein's fascination with CUs, details, and unforeseen aspects of filmic images has undoubtedly influenced the very idea of cinephilia. Epstein belongs to discussions of the role of embodied experiencing in queer cinema that should extend to both silent movies and films that are not obviously queer. The corporeal aesthetics of liminal/closeted queerness in some of Epstein's films likely influenced subsequent filmmakers. An obvious example would be Robert Bresson's Pickpocket.

Jean Epstein

Corporeal cinema and film philosophy


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