André Bazin (1918-1958) 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. In 1951 Bazin co-founded and became editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma, the single most influential critical periodical in the history of the cinema. Among the film critics who came under his tutelage there were four who would go on to become the most renowned directors of the postwar French cinema: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol. Bazin can also be considered the principal instigator of the equally influential auteur theory: the idea that, since film is an art form, the director of a movie must be perceived as the chief creator of its unique cinematic style.
Unlike nearly all the other authors of major film theories—and Bazin was the realist among them—he was a working or practical critic who wrote regularly about individual films. Bazin based his criticism on the film actually made rather than on any preconceived aesthetic or sociological principles; and for the first time with him, film theory therefore became not a matter of pronouncement or prescription, but of description, analysis, and deduction. Indeed, Bazin can be regarded as the aesthetic link between film critics and film theorists. During his relatively short writing career, his primary concern was not to answer questions but to raise them, not to establish cinema as an art but to ask, “What is art?” and “What is cinema?”
The Cinema According to Bazin contains, for the first time in English, much of Bazin’s writing on Asian cinema; previously untranslated essays on James Dean, the star system, political engagement and the cinema, and film criticism itself; and several film-book reviews as well as reviews of a number of notable American, British, and continental European movies such as Johnny Guitar, High Noon, Umberto D., Hamlet, and Kanal.
|Imprint||Glasstree Academic Publishing|
|Copyright||2017, R. J. Cardullo|
|Copyright License||Standard Copyright License|
|Product Details||8.5 x 11 Standard Mono Matte Perfect Bound|
|Page Count||224 pages|
|Type of Publication||Monograph (standalone)|