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Three Priliminary Theses For Cinema & The Meaning [strike through] Of “Life.”

In chapter 8 of Les mots et les choses, Foucault states that the concept of “life” emerged in the late 17th century. Properly understood, “life” begins as an ideological effect of capitalism as it prepared for the industrial revolution.

A genealogy of “life” in cinema and film theory expresses developments in production and labor between the late 19th century and the present — including the shift to industrial production that constituted cinema as an institution. The changing role of the word, concept and value promote those developments and express anxieties about them . Cinema is a privileged discourse for such a genealogy precisely because of its status as an industrial art.

Italy’s accelerated hyper-accelerated production and real subsumption of labor in the period between the mid 1950s and 1973 lead to the full development of biopolitics as a “style of governance” mediating relations of production and as an object of study in that country between the 1970s and the present. As an object of theory, biopolitics, and especially “afirmative biopolitics” tends to have the ideological effect of turning attention away from production, thereby reifying extant social relations.

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