“Film” with Buster Keaton | What is the human perception?

As we have already seen in other articles, the image is an organization of “perception”. But what is a “perception”? Bergson called the “perception” the effects of something that is related to the needs of a “living-being”. In this sense “perception” is a “sottraction”, a focus only in what it is necessary for the “living-being”, and not a principle of knowledge.

If we consider perception and his meaning for humans we find interesting “Film” the first and last film directed by Samuel Beckett.  Human perception, differenlty from the animal’s one, depends by “identity” and “recognition”. The existentialist author Beckett asked to himslef: but what happens if someone tries to escape this recognition? In the film’s first sequence we see a man running away from looks filmed by a 45° perspective (Deleuze writes “it is a “perception of action”). When the man finds finally himself alone in a room, he cover everything similar to an eye (mirrors, animals…), now at 90° we see both subjective perception and objective (there is no an external hipotetic poit of view). In the end, while tha man fall asleep, tha camera turn around him and finally watch him in front of his face: he open the eyes and discovers by what he was running, the double self, the “perception of himself by himself”. Deleuze called it the most terryfing “affection image”, because it plays with relativity of our identities. It is what the psycoanalist Lacan called “mirror’s function”, the fact that to perceive ourself we need the look of an Other, and the birth of human Subjectiveness by the look of parents and society.