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Le Corbusier et le cinéma : la communication d'une oeuvre

Abstract : The present study focuses on the cinematographic and television production of and on Le Corbusier, realized during his lifetime. Long ignored – as opposed to photography and publishing – as an instrument of communication for architecture and urban planning, this filmic work remains little known and recognized. The thesis consists of two parts: a catalogue volume of the filmic work, forming the corpus of the study, and a reflective volume, which questions various aspects of creation and diffusion of this production.The first challenge of the thesis was to study the mass of archives relating to the various film projects in order to fill the gap of this aspect of Le Corbusier's production and to fully include it in his artistic production. The catalogue is the result of a transdisciplinary research, which required an investigation into three research domains: architecture, cinema and television, taking into account the specificities of each discipline. Each project or production of a documentary is described from the initial intention to its public reception until its valorisation today, including technical data and contemporary references to films. This volume makes it possible to measure the importance of the quantity of cinematographic and televised documents that Le Corbusier undertook during his life or for which he was solicited. No other architect has been so frequently involved in documentary projects.The second – reflective – part of the research analyses the modalities of communication and representation of Le Corbusier’s architecture and urbanism through cinema and television. By crossing transdisciplinary theories – reception, diffusion, socio-economic, semiotic and rhetorical – with Le Corbusier's cinematographic and televised work, three hypotheses result: transmission, transposition and transcription.The study begins by questioning the mechanisms of transmission. By this is understood any mechanism of mediation of Le Corbusier through the documentaries - and by extension the television interviews. Crossing the results of the corpus with the theories of reception, diffusion and marketing, builds insights into the effectiveness or inefficiency of certain documentaries as tools for communication and even promotion.In a second stage, the knowledge about Le Corbusier's creation process, both in terms of architectural representation and in terms of the construction of discourse in cinematographic documentaries, is deepened. The principle of transposition begins with the observation that cinematographic documents maintain close links with their photographic contemporaries. The research uses established semiotic theories to analyse how Le Corbusier composes with the imaginary and techniques of photography to design his film projects.The third principle, transcription, focuses on Le Corbusier's cinematographic argument. Here the analysis starts from the observation that Le Corbusier's writings on cinema and the thoughts he emanated do not stick with the cinematographic reality and the necessities of a cinema of communication. His rhetoric in the cinema is analysed by taking the techniques described by the main theorists of rhetoric and compared to the examples from conferences and publications.
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Véronique Boone. Le Corbusier et le cinéma : la communication d'une oeuvre. Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille III; Université libre de Bruxelles (1970-..), 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017LIL30011⟩. ⟨tel-02426192⟩



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