What Cinema Is! / Edition 1

What Cinema Is! / Edition 1

by Dudley Andrew
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What Cinema Is! / Edition 1

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: 9781405107594
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/10/2010
Series: Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series , #38
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: The Target of Film Theory xiii

1 The Camera Searching in the World 1

Is a Camera Essential? 1

The Cahiers Axiom 4

Tracing Bazin's Trace 11

Images Contested Today 17

2 The Editor's Discovery of Form 29

Bazin's Forerunners 31

Documentaries in the Cauldron of History 37

The Cahiers Line 42

Pursuing Cinema in the Twenty-First Century 48

3 The Projector as Spectator's Searchlight 66

The Power of Projection 69

Opening the Screen's Dimensions 74

Frame as Threshold 79

Writing out of the Frame 90

4 The Evolution of the Subjects of Cinema 98

Modern Film: Between Classic and Avant-Garde 99

The Ontogeny of Cinema 110

Credits and Auteurs: An Ecology of Adaptation 123

Fidelity: The Economy of Adaptation 129

Index 147

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