Summary: Many theorists have championed absence within and without the filmic image as a site of cinematic radicality, but it is possible for absence to hide an obscure authority. When this occurs, filmic absence functions as a support for the development of paranoia. This essay explores how what’s missing in the filmic image can become the vehicle for advancing a paranoid outlook and thereby countering the emancipatory potential inherent in cinematic absence.

Full text: PP 39 2 (2021) Todd McGowan