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When it was first published in French in 1980, The Ordinary Man of Cinema signaled a shift from the French film criticism of the 1960s to a new breed of film philosophy that disregarded the semiotics and post-structuralism of the preceding decades. Schefer describes the schizophrenic subjectivity the cinema offers us: the film as a work projected without memory, viewed by (and thereby lived by) a subject scarred and shaped by memory. The Ordinary Man of Cinema delineates the phenomenology of movie-going and the fleeting, impalpable zone in which an individual’s personal memory confronts the cinema’s ideological images to create a new way of thinking. It is also a book replete with mummies and vampires, tyrants and prostitutes, murderers and freaks — figures that are fundamental to Schefer’s conception of the cinema, because the worlds that cinema traverses (our worlds, interior and exterior) are worlds of pain, unconscious desire, decay, repressed violence, and the endless mystery of the body. Fear and pleasure breed monsters, and such are what Schefer’s emblematic “ordinary man” seeks and encounters when engaging in the disordering of the ordinary that the movie theater offers him. Among other things, Schefer considers “The Gods” in 31 brief essays on film stills and “The Criminal Life” with reflections on spectatorship and autobiography. While Schefer’s book has long been standard reading in French film scholarship, until now it has been something of a missing link to the field (and more broadly, French theory) in English. It is one of the building blocks of more widely known and read translations of Gilles Deleuze (who cited this book as an influence on his own cinema books) and Jacques Ranciere.
About the Author
Jean Louis Schefer (born in 1938) is a prolific and influential scholar of art history, theology, philosophy, music, and linguistics, as well as an author of fiction.
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Lorrie Lynch is a news, feature and contemporary culture writer and editor with more than two decades of experience in the print and Web journalism worlds. Lynch is a channel editor at AARP.org, the website of the membership association for those 50-plus. Working in multi-media, she oversees all food and entertainment coverage on the website as well as develops special projects for the organization. Before her work at AARP, Lynch was at USA TODAY and its Sunday magazine USA WEEKEND, carried in 700 newspapers. She was on USA TODAY’s founding staff and worked as a reporter, San Francisco Bureau Chief and People editor. At USA WEEKEND, she was a senior editor, celebrity columnist and blogger. Lynch also worked in news at papers in California and Michigan, where she won several writing awards. She teaches writing for communication in the School of Communication at American University and is a communications consultant in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband, a USA TODAY editor. Lynch earned her B.A. in Journalism at Central Michigan University. In November 2007 she was inducted into CMU’s Journalism Hall of Fame.