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Deleuze Studies (2011) - Virtual Cut: Schizoanalysis and Montage


  • article: Virtual Cut: Schizoanalysis and Montage
  • author(s): Hanjo Berressem
  • journal: Deleuze Studies (01/Jul/2011)
  • issue: volume 5, issue 2, pages 177-208
  • DOI: 10.3366/dls.2011.0017
  • journal ISSN: 1750-2241
  • publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • keywords: Philosophy and Religion



If a machine is something that cuts into a continuous flow, schizoanalysis can be read, quite literally, as an analysis of cuts. In cinematic registers, it is an analysis of montage. Looking closely at a number of modes and moments of montage in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, this paper shows how his strategies of '‘reciprocally presupposing'’ actual image and virtual montage relate to a Deleuzian poetics and politics of the cinema.