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Tristana: The Impulse of Memory and Reputation

22. Juni 2023 / 20:00 22:30

Lecture & Film „Kino am Abgrund der Moderne. Die Filme von Luis Buñuel“

Vortrag von Jordi Xifra (Barcelona)

It is no exaggeration to state that TRISTANA (1970) is a film that works like a shock. Suddenly, when it looks like it’s heading towards a canonical conclusion, Buñuel suspends his complacency and leaves the audience in a state of astonishment, undermining any sense of certainty. We receive a shock that dilutes what we had understood, imposing itself on us as if everything in it were yet to be comprehended. This refers of course, to the series of images at the end of the film that rewinds the story, redirecting it again to the beginning. A set of images offered to us as a final coda whose meaning is hard to grasp: is it the exception that proves the rule? During the film, other moments provoke in the audience the same effect. What do those enunciative gestures bring about? What meaning can we attribute to them? What link do they have with the rest of Buñuel’s films? This presentation will try to answer these questions with the aid of Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the impulse-image.

Jordi Xifra is professor of the Department of Communication at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and director of Centro Buñuel Calanda, the foundation devoted to promote and preserve the life and work of Luis Buñuel. He has edited the conversations of Max Aub and Buñuel, and Buñuel’s complete literary works.

Vortrag in englischer Sprache

Filmvorführung: TRISTANA, Mexiko 1970, 94 Min.

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Kuratiert von Daniel Fairfax und Vinzenz Hediger


22. Juni 2023
20:00 – 22:30


Kino des DFF – Deutsches Filmmuseum & Filminstitut und dem Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft der Goethe-Universität gemeinsam mit dem Forschungsverbund „Normative Ordnungen“, der Forschungsinitiative „ConTrust“ und dem DFG-Graduiertenkolleg „Konfigurationen des Films“ (www. an der Goethe-Universität, in Kooperation mit der hessischen Film- und Medienakademie

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