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On Dissipation: Goodbye, Dragon Inn and the “Death of Cinema”

Department of Communication Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Received: 29 September 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 23 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Memory, Affect, and Cinema)
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This paper explores the cinematic meta-theme of the “death of cinema” through the lens of Taiwanese director, Tsai Ming-liang’s 2003 film, Goodbye, Dragon Inn. In the film, the final screening of the wuxia pian classic, Dragon Inn, directed by King Hu, provides a focal point for the exploration of the diminished experience of institutional cinema in the post-cinematic age. Using the concept of “dissipation” in conjunction with a reappraisal of the turn to affect theory, this paper explores the kinds of subjective experiences that cinema can offer, and the affective experience of cinema-going itself, as portrayed in Goodbye, Dragon Inn. More specifically, in theorizing the role of dissipation in cinema-going, this paper explores the deployment of time and space in Goodbye, Dragon Inn and how it directs attention to the bodily action of cinema-going itself. The result is a critique of the possibilities of post-cinematic affects, rooted in an understanding of the way that late-capitalism continues to dominate and shape the range of experiences in the contemporary moment. View Full-Text
Keywords: affect; post-cinema; subjectivity; temporality; perception; embodiment affect; post-cinema; subjectivity; temporality; perception; embodiment
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Bergstrom, A. On Dissipation: Goodbye, Dragon Inn and the “Death of Cinema”. Arts 2018, 7, 91.

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