Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews From the Forties and Fifties [NOOK Book]

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Bazin's impact on film art, as theorist and critic, is considered to be greater than that of any single director, actor, or producer. He is credited with almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as with being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. Bazin at Work is the first English collection of disparate Bazin writings since the appearance of the second volume of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It includes work from Cahiers le cinema (which he founded and ...
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Overview

Bazin's impact on film art, as theorist and critic, is considered to be greater than that of any single director, actor, or producer. He is credited with almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as with being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. Bazin at Work is the first English collection of disparate Bazin writings since the appearance of the second volume of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It includes work from Cahiers le cinema (which he founded and which is the most influential single critical periodical in the history of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers including Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra and well-known films including La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite his tragically premature death from leukemia, Bazin (1918-1958) was one of the most fabulously intelligent film critics who ever penned a review. The author of major books already translated into English on Orson Wells, Jean Renoir and Chaplin, Bazin also wrote a definitive four-volume anthology in French, What Is Cinema? that was shaved down to two books in English translation 25 years ago. The outtakes make up part of the present book, and they are as fascinating as the rest of Bazin's work. Bazin offers close readings of directorial choices, on a shot-by-shot basis, writing like a great director who was fed up and decided to do criticism instead of films. Bazin somewhat ironically calls the director William Wyler, who made the luscious Bette Davis vehicle The Letter, a Jansenist, and proves equally astute on political matters: "Stalin came to convince himself of his own genius," he says, "by means of viewing Stalinist films." In a particularly brilliant insight, he compares Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1956 film about Picasso's creativity, The Mystery of Picasso, to the philosophy of Henri Bergson, both being obsessed with time and duration. A turgid but mercifully brief preface by translator Cardullo does not mar what is certainly one of the most brilliant and valuable books on film published this year, of interest to anyone passionate about the cinema. Whether the subject is the Cinemascope or Fellini, Marcel Pagnol or Ren Clment, Bazin is entirely admirable, and these texts are his immortality. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136634291
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Bert Cardullo is the film critic of The Hudson Review and Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has edited What Is Dramturgy? and Before His Eyes: Essays in Honor of Stanley Kauffmann.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Bazin on Directors and on Cinema
1 William Wyler, or the Jansenist of Directing 1
2 The Myth of Stalin in the Soviet Cinema 23
3 Adaptation, or the Cinema as Digest 41
4 The Case of Marcel Pagnol 53
5 Cinema and Theology 61
6 The Life and Death of Superimposition 73
7 Will CinemaScope Save the Film Industry? 77
8 The Cybernetics of Andre Cayatte 93
Pt. 2 Bazin on Individual Films
9 Farrebique, or the Paradox of Realism 103
10 The Crisis of French Cinema, or Scarface and the Gangster Film 109
11 La Strada 113
12 Germany, Year Zero 121
13 Niagara 125
14 Forbidden Games 129
15 Europe '51 137
16 The Last Vacation, or The Style Is the Man Himself 141
17 Cruel Naples (Gold of Naples) 151
18 Senso 159
19 The Style Is the Genre (Les Diaboliques) 163
20 M. Ripois, with or without Nemesis 167
21 Two Cents' Worth of Hope 179
22 The Profound Originality of I Vitelloni 185
23 On Why We Fight: History, Documentation, and the Newsreel 187
24 The Road to Hope 193
25 Battle of the Rails and Ivan the Terrible 197
26 A Saint Becomes a Saint Only After the Fact (Heaven over the Marshes) 205
27 A Bergsonian Film: The Picasso Mystery 211
28 Il Bidone, or the Road to Salvation Reconsidered 221
29 High Infidelity (The Bridge on the River Kwai) 225
30 The Technique of Citizen Kane 231
A Bazin Bibliography
Index
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