Critical Understanding of DSM’s Film World

  • Alberto BaraccoEmail author


This chapter represents the last phase of the hermeneutic process, which provides a critical reconsideration of the interpretation and the philosophical thought that the film world expresses. The abstract nature of Brakhage’s film and the plurivocity of its images might seem to expose the interpreter to the risk of forcing interpretation and adapting it to whatever philosophical concept and argument. The film world is uncertain and indefinite—it asks questions rather than giving definitive answers. Dog Star Man’s pure, precognitive images are traces, in the Derridian sense; they are not simply a mirroring of external reality, but rather give rise to perceptions, impressions, and visions. Critical understanding of the film world leads us to consider it as an expression of a post-modern philosophy, which rejects the logocentric metaphysics of presence and through its visual traces reveals an original fertility of meaning.


Mythopoeia Theopoetics Film amateur Logocentric metaphysics 


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  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly

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