Les gueules cassées ou l’éthique de l’écran crevé : du masque au visage cinématographique

Translated title of the contribution: Disfigured faces or the ethics of the broken screen: From masks to cinematographic faces

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This article examines how cinema approaches the representation of disfigured faces in relation to other media (newsreels, photography, literature, paintings, comics). Referring to the crucial distinction made by Levinas between la face and le visage, the author questions the need for camouflage. Stylized uses of masks, such as the superimposition technique, can hide the wounds of war. It can also provide an ethical and ambivalent approach to wounded faces, helping the viewer to access the face through the mask.

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Translated title of the contributionDisfigured faces or the ethics of the broken screen: From masks to cinematographic faces
Original languageFrench
JournalIntermediality History and Theory of the Arts, Literature and Technologies
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2019


  • French cinema
  • Gueules cassées

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