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What Cinema Is!
     

What Cinema Is!

by Dudley Andrew
 

What Cinema Is! offers an engaging answer to Andre Bazin's famous question through a sweeping look back over the phenomenal ascendancy of a certain "idea of cinema." Written by one of the foremost film scholars of our time, this provocative volume proclaims cinema's distinct value not just for the last century but for our current audio-visual culture. Whatever

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What Cinema Is! offers an engaging answer to Andre Bazin's famous question through a sweeping look back over the phenomenal ascendancy of a certain "idea of cinema." Written by one of the foremost film scholars of our time, this provocative volume proclaims cinema's distinct value not just for the last century but for our current audio-visual culture. Whatever cinema may yet become, this unique "idea" should orient and guide it.

Examining cinema's institutions and its social force - but always through the qualities of key films - What Cinema Is! testifies to the power of something that didn't even exist before 1895. From the art films cherished by cinephiles after World War II through the banner years of the New Wave to a technologically "expanded" cinema, Andrew traces the long nerve of this idea that has made cinema supremely alive to (and in) our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405107600
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/10/2010
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series , #39
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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"With this elegant volume, Dudley Andrew brilliantly continues his extended project of producing a historiography of film theory and of French cinema.  He has given us a book worthy of André Bazin’s  intelligence, originality, curiosity, and spirit." Eric Smoodin, University of California at Davis

"A new slant on Bazin with fresh disclosures for our era of digital media is always welcome, especially from Dudley Andrew, Bazin's foremost expositor.  Andrew's graceful and analytic prose is peppered with timely provocations of his own, starting with the Preface.  Made manifest throughout is the continuing relevance of Bazin's devotion to cinema and compassion for humanity." Edward Branigan, University of California at Santa Barbara

Meet the Author

Dudley Andrew is the R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University. The author of many books, including Mists of Regret (1995) and Popular Front Paris (2005), he is an Officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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