2018 Volume 100 Pages 73-91
This article focuses on the affections and modifications of cinematic bodies, vis-a-vis the theory of shock experience. Gilles Deleuze’s work touches on these issues. His book Cinema deals with his theories about shock experience in cinema; on the other hand, a different cinematic body emerges in his essay “Cinema of the Body.” Neither clearly explains, however, the affection and modification of bodies as cinematic experience. After reviewing the Spinozian fluctuation of affection in Deleuze’s argument, this article analyzes the bodies in the films of John Cassavetes. Through this analysis, the tiring bodies in his films demonstrate the plural affection of fluctuating affect. Furthermore, Cassavetes’ bodies highlight how plural affection causes changes, namely radical transformations in our body composition, all of which brings new kinds of affect and worlds to bodies. This article concludes that such radical changes in bodies support arguments for the existence of new kinds of affect and transformation in cinematic experience.