Hacia una teoría de lo desconocido: La aportación visual de Vacas de Julio Medem a la filosofía de la representación

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Julio Medem's enigmatic film Vacas is not only a cult-classic of Spanish cinema it also makes a contribution toward a philosophy of the unknown. This essay weaves Bergsonian philosophical ideas together with those of Henri Lefebvre and Gilles Deleuze in order to underscore the importance of the unknown in the film through three areas in particular: the heterogeneity of time, the superimposition of narrative and non-narrative cinematic aspects, and the role of a key image the 'agujero encendido' which dominates the film's middle third. Throughout Vacas, Medem works hard to frustrate the designs of a traditional intellectual/ analytical posture and visually point to that which lies beyond the simplistic representation of reality.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)353-369
Number of pages17
JournalHispanic Research Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Henri Bergson
  • Henri Lefebvre
  • Julio Medem
  • Temporality
  • Vacas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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