Baudry’s Ideological Effects of the Cinematic Apparatus apparatus itself functions as a gateway of sorts that allows for ideological effect to. Jean-Louis Baudry, ‘Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic. Apparatus’, Film Quarterly, 28 (Winter –75), (reprinted in Movies. & Methods. Apparatus theory, derived in part from Marxist film theory, semiotics, and psychoanalysis, was a This effect is ideological because it is a reproduced reality and the cinematic experience affects the viewer on a deep level. This theory is In Baudry’s theory of the apparatus he likens the movie-goer to someone in a dream.

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Apparatus theory – Wikipedia

In some degree, it has overlooked their empirical experience and psychological process: But only on one condition can these differences create this illusion: It is an apparatus destined to obtain a precise ideological effect, necessary to the dominant ideology: As the camera follows the arc of a ball flying through the air, the frame itself mimics this arc, becomes an arc itself. It is on this point and in function of the elements which we are trying to put in place that a discussion of editing could be opened.

The latter, in any case, could not have been conquered without exercising violence against the instrumental base, as can be dis- covered from most of the texts by film-makers ideo,ogical critics: Ideolpgical fact, this substitution is only possible on the condition that the instrumentation itself badry hidden or re- pressed.

Another operation effected through instruments takes place when the finished product of the film, which is a commodity that possesses exchange value, is transformed through the apparatuses of the projector and the screen to become the filmic event which can then ideokogical consumed, which is a product with use value.

In this sense we could say that film — and perhaps in this respect it is exemplary — lives on the denial of difference: Its inscription, its manifestation effechs such, on the other hand, would produce a knowledge effect, as actualization of the work process, as denunciation of ideology, and as a critique of idealism.


These pro- cedures must of necessity call cinematographic technique into play.

Baudry: “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus” – The Ways of seeing

Between the imaginary gathering of the fragmented body into a unity and the transcendentality of the self, giver of unifying meaning, the current is indefinitely reversible. However, projection works by effacing these differences.

The ideological operations at stake here: Ideology operates by obfuscating the means by which it is produced.

Please contact the publisher regarding any further use of this work. Some of the same problems as many theories of film and culture of the postwar era including Adorno and Horkeimer and many of the psychoanalytic theories of the 70s that were concerned with the way that cinematic isntitutions influence spectators to seek out viewing pleasures in ways that reflect dominant ideologynamely in that it poses a one-way relationship between the viewer and the filmic text.

The cinema can thus appear as a sort of psy- chic apparatus of substitution, corresponding to the model defined by the dominant ideology. Or as Baudry puts it….

Baudry: “Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus”

Efffects by Chris Pearson. But here we must turn to the relation between the succession of images inscribed by the camera and their projection, bypassing momentarily the place occupied by montage, which plays a decisive role in the strategy of the ideology produced.

The use of different lenses, when not dictated by technical considerations aimed at restoring the habitual perspective such as shoot- ing in limited or extended spaces which one wishes to expand or contract does not destroy [traditional] perspective but rather makes it play a normative role.

Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. The fact that this transformation, and the instruments that enact it, is concealed from the viewer, is inherently ideological. How the cinematic apparatus is actually more important for transcendentalism in the subject than the film itself. The entire function of the filmic apparatus is to make us forget the filmic apparatus—we are only made aware of the apparatus when it breaks. We will at a later date attempt to make some remarks on this subject.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. No doubt this transcendental function fits in without difficulty the field of psychology. This theory is explored in the work of Jean-Louis Baudry.

If the latter, consumption of the product ideolohical obviously be accompanied by ideological surplus value. It is a continually unfulfilled desire, an empty signifier.

The arrangement of the cave, except that in the cinema it is already doubled in a sort of enclosure in which the camera, the darkened chamber, is enclosed in another darkened chamber, the projection bahdry. Film theory Filmmaking stubs. But the movement and continuity are the visible expression one might even say the projection of their relations, derived from the tiny discontinuities between the images.

Thus the cinema assumes the role played throughout Western history by various artistic formations. The individual images as such dis- appear so that movement and continuity can appear. The image seems to reflect the world but solely in the naive inversion of a founding hierarchy: This site uses cookies.

It would rather take partially the place of the ego, of whose deviations little is known in the analytic field. But also, and paradoxically, the optical appa- ratus camera obscura will serve in the same period to elaborate in pictorial work a new mode of representation, perspectiva artificalis. Normally, narrative films tend to hide the apparatus in order to create a mirror illusion for spectators to identify with characters or the camera.

The subject sees all, he or she ascends to a nobler status, a god perhaps, he or she sees all of the world that is presented before them, the visual image is the world, and the subject sees all.

The cinema manifests in a hallucinatory manner the belief in the omnipotence of thought, described by Freud, which plays so important a role in neurotic defense mechanisms.