Cadrage exquis: Reframing Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva

Hainge, Greg (2015) Cadrage exquis: Reframing Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva. Australian Journal of French Studies, 52 2: 112-126. doi:10.3828/ajfs.2015.10

Author Hainge, Greg
Title Cadrage exquis: Reframing Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva
Journal name Australian Journal of French Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9468
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3828/ajfs.2015.10
Volume 52
Issue 2
Start page 112
End page 126
Total pages 15
Place of publication Liverpool, United Kingdom
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the first instance, this article revisits the critical reception of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva at the time of its release and the abundant critical commentary it has received since. It then goes on to propose a new reading of Diva that does not follow either the damning critiques of it as an empty and apolitical exercice de style or those that, taking their cue from Benjamin, see the film as a historically-situated commentary on a specific aspect of the political or ideological context in which the film was made. Against these readings, I suggest that through thematic and formal means, and in particular through the use of the soundtrack, Diva can be read as a metacommentary on the cinema more generally and one which, what is more, deliberately and positively distances the cinematic from the political. It is suggested, finally, that the cadrage in operation here explicitly, but in the cinema more generally, thus has much in common with the Surrealist cadavre exquis, since it involves the combination of diverse elements within a single work in such a way that the logic that binds those elements together can remain operational only within the artwork.
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