Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife

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André Bazin remains one of the most read, most studied, and most engaging figures ever to have written about film. Fifty years after his death, he is still widely recognized as cinema's most significant philosopher-critic. Always an important presence within cinema theory, Bazin has seen a massive resurgence of interest among critics, scholars, and students now that an electronic archive of his entire critical output has been catalogued. Opening Bazin assesses the great critic's influence and legacy, with essays from several generations of the very best film scholars: Gunning, Frodon, Margulies, Conley, MacCabe, Narboni, and Vernet, to name just a few. Ultimately, these essays reaffirm Bazin's relevance in this new century, tracing his lineage, debating his aesthetics, locating him in the rich cultural moment of postwar France, and tracking the effect of his thought around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199733880
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dudley Andrew is an Officier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres (French Ministry of Culture and Communication) and inductee into the America Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published The Major Film Theories, Concepts of Film Theory, and Andre Bazin, all with OUP as well as books on major filmmakers and 30s French culture (with Princeton, Harvard, and the BFI).
Hervé Joubert-Laurencin is a leading authority in France on Bazin as well as a specialist on the work of Pasolini. Publications include Pasolini: Portrait du poete en cineaste (1995 Diffusion Seuil), and La lettre volante: Quatre essais sur le cinema d'animation (1997 Presses de la Sorbonne nouvelle).

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Table of Contents

A Binocular Preface, Dudley Andrew and Herve Joubert-Laurencin
Part One: Lineage
1. A Bazinian Half-Century, Thomas Elsaesser
2. Cinema Across Fault Lines: Bazin and the French School of Geography, Ludovic Cortade
3. Evolution and Event in Qu'est-ce que le cinema?, Tom Conley
4. The Reality of Hallucination in Andre Bazin, Jean-Francois Chevrier
5. Beyond the Image in Benjamin and Bazin: The Aura of the Event, Monica Dall'Asta
6. Bazin as Modernist, Colin MacCabe
7. Film and Plaster: The Mold of History, Jean-Michel Frodon
8. From Bazin to Deleuze: A Matter of Depth, Diane Arnaud
9. Deconstruction avant la lettre: Jacques Derrida Before Andre Bazin, Louis-Georges Schwartz
Part Two: Aesthetics
10. Belief in Bazin, Philip Rosen
11. The World in Its Own Image: The Myth of Total Cinema, Tom Gunning
12. The Afterlife of Superimposition, Daniel Morgan
13. The Difference of Cinema in the System of the Arts, Angela Dalle Vacche
14. Malraux, Bazin, and the Gesture of Picasso, Dudley Andrew
15. Incoherent Spasms and the Dignity of Signs: Bazin's Bresson, Noa Steimatskky
16. Animals: an Adventure in Bazin's Ontology, Seung-hoon Jeong
17. Bazin's Exquisite Corpses, Ivone Margulies
18. Rewriting the Image: Two Effects of the Future-Perfect in Andre Bazin, Herve Joubert-Laurencin
Part Three: Historical Moment
19. The Eloquent Image: The Postwar Mission of Film and Criticism, Philip Watts
20. Bazin in Combat, Antoine de Baecque
21. Bazin the Censor?, Marc Vernet
22. Waves of Crisis in French Cinema, Jeremi Szaniawski
23. Bazin's Chaplin Myth and the Corrosive Lettrists, Rochelle Frack
24. Radical Ambitions in Postwar French Documentary, Steven Ungar
25. Bazin on the Margins of the Seventh Art, Grant Wiedenfeld
26. Television and the Auteur in the Late '50s, Michael Cramer
27. Andre Bazin's Bad Taste, James Tweedie
Part Four: Worldwide Influence
28. Montage Under Suspicion: Bazin's Russo-Soviet Reception, John MacKay
29. From Ripples to Waves: Bazin in Eastern Europe, Alice Lovejoy
30. Bazin in Brazil: A Welcome Visitor, Ismail Xavier
31. Bazin and the Politics of Realism in Mainland China, Cecile Lagesse
32. Japanese Readings: Textual Thread, Kan Nozaki
33. Japanese Lessons: Bazin's Cinematic Cosmopolitanism, Ryan Cook

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