Neil Badmington, Review of Michel Foucault, Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan, FOUCAULT AT THE MOVIES, Edited and translated by Clare O’Farrell, Times Literary Supplement, 23 November 2018 (Needs subscription to read full review).
Although he once likened Lucian’s second-century Hermotimus to the films of Woody Allen, Michel Foucault is not usually remembered for his writings on cinema. As Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan note in their introduction to Foucault at the Movies, however, “he did occasionally cross paths with film”, and the book, which first appeared in shorter form in French in 2011, zooms in on these crossings. Its first section features two long pieces by Maniglier and Zabunyan on Foucault’s “inchoate, incomplete, incidental, almost anecdotal” encounter with moving images. While these essays are sometimes cryptic, they provide helpful context and identify how Foucault’s writings on film relate to his more widely known work on subjects such as sexuality, power, history and madness.
The second section brings together ten short texts on cinema published by Foucault between 1974 and 1981, some of which have not appeared previously in English. These pieces address,…
Neil Badmington is Professor of English at Cardiff University, UK. His previous books include Hitchcock’s Magic (2011) and Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within (2004).