'Je t'aime' : loving the cinema
Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University
4:30 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
G11, Main Building, Lingnan University
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’.
Simmons, L. E. (2004, December 20). 'Je t'aime': Loving the cinema. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/216