Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife

Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife


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Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife by Dudley Andrew

With the full range of his voluminous writings finally viewable, André Bazin seems more deserving than ever to be considered the most influential of all writers on film. His brief career, 1943-58, helped bring about the leap from classical cinema to the modern art of Renoir, Welles, and neorealism. Founder of Cahiers du Cinéma, he encouraged the future New Wave directors to confront his telltale question, What is Cinema? This collection considers another vital question, Who is Bazin? In it, thirty three renowned film scholars—including de Baecque, Elsaesser, Gunning, and MacCabe—tackle Bazin's meaning for the 2st century. They have found in his writings unmistakable traces of Flaubert, Bergson, Breton, and Benjamin and they have pursued this vein to the gold mine of Deleuze and Derrida. They have probed and assessed his ideas on film history, style, and technique, measuring him against today's media regime, while measuring that regime against him. They have located the precious ore of his thought couched within striations of French postwar politics and culture, and they have revealed the unexpected effects of that thought on filmmakers and film culture on four continents. Open Bazin; you will find a treasure.

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ISBN-13: 9780199733897
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dudley Andrew is R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of numerous publications, including What Cinema Is! and Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film.

Hervé Joubert-Laurencin is a leading authority in France on Bazin and the author of Pasolini: Portrait du poete en cineaste and La lettre volante: Quatre essais sur le cinema d'animation.

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