A Miraculous Materialism: Lines of Flight in We Have a Pope and Corpo Celeste

Angeli, S. 2021. A Miraculous Materialism: Lines of Flight in We Have a Pope and Corpo Celeste. Film-Philosophy. 25 (1), pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.3366/film.2021.0154

TitleA Miraculous Materialism: Lines of Flight in We Have a Pope and Corpo Celeste
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAngeli, S.
Abstract

This article considers Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam, 2011) and Alice Rohrwacher's Corpo Celeste (2011) via the notion of lines of flight as developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. We argue that, in spite of stylistic and thematic differences, the two films present clear similarities since they highlight and address conflicts and tensions existing within the contemporary Catholic religious order. Both films present cracks and horizons of becoming within the institutionalised Catholic Church, tracing possible paths of transformation for viewers aligning with and following the two main characters. We argue, concurrently, that Corpo Celeste – because of specific formal and conceptual choices – engenders a complete reimagining of the transcendent realm within a miraculous or animist materialist and immanent paradigm.

JournalFilm-Philosophy
Journal citation25 (1), pp. 1-17
ISSN1466-4615
Year2021
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC 3.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3366/film.2021.0154
Web address (URL)https://www.euppublishing.com/toc/film/25/1
Publication dates
Published01 Feb 2021

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