Monday, 15 June 2009

For Whom the Bell Shoots, Hawks, El Dorado, Empty Church Function

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For Whom the Bell Shoots

Gilles Deleuze

Cinema I

Chapter 10:
The Action-Image
The Small Form

Section 2a:
The Western in Hawks: functionalism


Howard Hawks

El Dorado

First of all, the locations lose the organic life which encompassed them, traversed them and situated them in a set: the purely functional prison in Rio Bravo does not even need to show us its prisoner; the church in El Dorado no longer bears witness to anything but an abandoned function; the town of Rio Lobo is reduced to 'a diagram, now only showing functions, a bloodless town condemned by the weight of a past'. (169d, emphasis mine)

Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 1. Transl. Hugh Tomlinson & Barbara Habberjam, London: Continuum, 1986.

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