Films et parfums ou quelques réflexions sur les synesthésies cinématographiques



This paper shows the synesthetic possibilities of cinema, focusing on the manner in which olfactory sensations are rendered by moving visual images. Some techniques are identified and described: the verbal discourse (common to literature and cinema), the showing of scented substances, the act of breathing and the close ups of the nose, the accelerations and slow motions, the association between image and music etc. The main example discussed in the paper is Tom Tykwer’s movie: Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (2006).

Keywords: synesthesia, cinema, olfaction, perfume