Title

'Je t'aime' : loving the cinema

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Organizer

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

Document Type

Public Seminar

Date

12-20-2004

Time

4:30 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.

Venue

G11, Main Building, Lingnan University

Description

The first part of this paper is a presentation of, and a commentary on, a central segment of a seminar by Jacques Derrida which dealt with the relationship he preferred to refer to as the ‘je t’aime’ (‘I love you’). Derrida argued in his seminar that uttering ‘je t’aime’ is an exemplary case of bearing witness, that the locution ‘je t’aime’ is always explicitly, and possibly implicitly, accompanied by something like “I swear to you that what I say is true”. In the second half of my paper, using the film Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1943) as an example, I explore the implications of Derrida’s exploration of the situations in which I say ‘I love you’ to another person through the question of what it means ‘to love the cinema’.

Language

English

Additional Information

Cultural Magazine, 2004-05

Speaker

Dr. Laurence Simmons is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. He has written widely on New Zealand film, has published a book on contemporary New Zealand painting and photography, The image always has the last word (2002), and has co-edited Derrida Downunder (2001), Baudrillard West of the Dateline (2003) and From Z to A: Zizek at the Antipodes (2004).

Recommended Citation

Simmons, L. E. (2004, December 20). 'Je t'aime': Loving the cinema. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/216

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