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Phronimon

On-line version ISSN 2413-3086
Print version ISSN 1561-4018

Abstract

KONIK, Adrian. Nuridsany and Pérennou's Microcosmos: The People of the Grass (1996) as an Invitation to Become-insect. Phronimon [online]. 2019, vol.20, n.1, pp.1-19. ISSN 2413-3086.  http://dx.doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/4107.

This article problematises assertions concerning the existence of a minor tradition of French wildlife documentary begun in the 1920s by Jean Painleve and more recently contributed to through Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou's Microcosmos: The People of the Grass (1996). What is advanced, instead, is the importance of regarding these directors' respective films as constituting two different minor traditions. In this regard, the impasses to which the often-surrealist features of Painleve's films were a response, are discussed in relation to Deleuze and Guattari's concept of minor literature and Deleuze's idea of modern political cinema, or minor cinema. Thereafter, focus shifts on to discussion of the different context out of which Microcosmos emerged, along with the relevance of its unique cinematography for current environmental concerns-particularly because of its capacity to precipitate what Deleuze refers to as a spiritual automaton that stands to catalyse a more ecologically-orientated people to come.

Keywords : Documentary; macroscopic cinematography; engramme; spiritual automaton; environmental crisis.

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