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Terrence Malick’s Unseeing Cinema

Memory, Time and Audibility


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. James Batcho
    Pages 1-23
  3. James Batcho
    Pages 25-47
  4. James Batcho
    Pages 49-89
  5. James Batcho
    Pages 91-114
  6. James Batcho
    Pages 115-154
  7. James Batcho
    Pages 155-188
  8. James Batcho
    Pages 189-196
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-201

About this book


This unique study opens up a new dimension of Terrence Malick’s cinema – its expressions of unseeing and hearing. ‘Unseeing’ is Malick’s means of transcending the moment in order to enter the life that unfolds; to treat cinema as a real experience for those who live its reality. In this way, Terrence Malick’s Unseeing Cinema moves beyond film theory to advance a work of original philosophy, bringing together two thinkers not normally associated with one another: Gilles Deleuze and Søren Kierkegaard. It investigates how Malick’s gatherings of time allow one to explore new philosophical questions about immanence and transcendence, ethics and faith, time and infinity, and the foldings of subjectivity that are central to both philosophers. Beyond cinema, it offers a way to think about our everyday repetitions and recollections and our ephemeral points of connection with those we love. 


Terrence Malick Nonvisual Memory Director philosophy Deleuze cinema American Time

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.United International CollegeZhuhai ShiChina

About the authors

James Batcho is Assistant Professor at United International College, China. He is the author of Sound for Independent Audiovisual Storytelling.

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