Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948-1958

Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948-1958

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By (author) Andre Bazin, Edited and translated by Bert Cardullo

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  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 25mm | 626g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Austin, TX
  • ISBN 10: 0292759363
  • ISBN 13: 9780292759367
  • Illustrations note: 48 b&w photographs

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Andre Bazin is renowned for almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as for being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. In 1951 he cofounded and became editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinema, the most influential critical periodical in the history of cinema. Four of the film critics whom he mentored at the magazine later became the most acclaimed directors of the postwar French cinema - Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol. Bazin is also considered the principal instigator of the 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. Bazin wrote some 2,600 articles and reviews, only about 150 of which are accessible in anthologies or edited collections. Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948-1958 offers English-language readers much of his writing on Asian cinema; previously untranslated essays on James Dean, the star system, political engagement and the cinema, and film criticism itself; and several reviews of film books, as well as reviews of notable American, British, and European movies, such as Johnny Guitar, High Noon, Umberto D., Hamlet, Kanal, and Le jour se leve (Daybreak). The book also features a contextual introduction to Bazin's life and work, the first comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Bazin, credits of all the films he discusses in this book, and an extensive index. Andre Bazin is renowned for almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as for being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. In 1951 he cofounded and became editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinema, the most influential critical periodical in the history of cinema. Four of the film critics whom he mentored at the magazine later became the most acclaimed directors of the postwar French cinema - Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol. Bazin is also considered the principal instigator of the 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.Bazin wrote some 2,600 articles and reviews, only about 150 of which are accessible in anthologies or edited collections. Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948-1958 offers English-language readers much of his writing on Asian cinema; previously untranslated essays on James Dean, the star system, political engagement and the cinema, and film criticism itself; and several reviews of film books, as well as reviews of notable American, British, and European movies, such as Johnny Guitar, High Noon, Umberto D., Hamlet, Kanal, and Le jour se leve (Daybreak). The book also features a contextual introduction to Bazin's life and work, the first comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Bazin, credits of all the films he discusses in this book, and an extensive index.

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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction by Bert Cardullo I. Essays and Book Reviews 1. Discovering Cinema: Defense of the (New) Avant-Garde (L'ecran francais, December 21, 1948, and Cahiers du cinema, March 1952) 2. Death on the Silver Screen (L'esprit, September 1949) 3. On Form and Matter, or the "Crisis" of Cinema (Almanach du theatre et du cinema, 1951) 4. On the Subject of Rereleases (Cahiers du cinema, September 1951) 5. Imaginary Man and the Magical Function of Cinema (France-observateur, September 13, 1956) 6. Cinema and Commitment (L'esprit, April 1957) 7. The Question of James Dean (France-observateur, April 4, 1957) 8. The Star System Lives On (France-observateur, August 1, 1957) 9. Orson Welles Cannibalized (Cahiers du cinema, October 1958) 10. Reflections on Criticism (Cinema 58, December 1958) Interlude. Andre Bazin: One Character in Search of an Auteur (Cahiers du cinema, May 1957) II. Film Reviews and Criticism 11. Marcel Carne's Le jour se leve (Daybreak) (D.O.C. education populaire, January 1948) 12. Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (Le parisien libere, October 13, 1948) 13. Coquelin, We Made It! Michael Gordon's Cyrano de Bergerac (Cahiers du cinema, December 1951) 14. The Ghetto as Concentration Camp: Alfred Radok's The Long Journey (Cahiers du cinema, February 1952) 15. Joseph Losey's M: Remade in the USA (Cahiers du cinema, April 1952) 16. Orson Welles's Othello (Cahiers du cinema, June 1952) 17. A Meta-Western: Fred Zinnemann's High Noon (France-observateur, October 9, 1952) 18. Notes on Two Films by John Cromwell. Women in Cages: Caged; and Off the Beaten Path: The Goddess (Cahiers du cinema, July 1953; Cahiers du cinema, October 1958) 19. On Ambiguity: John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage (Cahiers du cinema, October 1953) 20. The Italian Scene (Cinema 53 a travers le monde, 1954) 21. Film through a Telephoto Lens: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin's The Little Fugitive (Cahiers du cinema, January 1954) 22. An Apocalyptic Pilgrimage: Kaneto Shindo's Children of Hiroshima (Le parisien libere, March 10, 1954) 23. Brilliant Variations on Some Well-Known Notes: Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar (Le parisien libere, February 18, 1955) 24. Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon and The Seven Samurai (France-observateur, April 24, 1952; and Le parisien libere, December 7, 1955) 25. Doll in the Flesh, Cotton on Fire: Elia Kazan's Baby Doll (Le parisien libere, January 3, 1957) 26. Akira Kurosawa's To Live (Cahiers du cinema, March 1957) 27. The Crabs of Anger: Satoru Yamamura's The Cannery Boat (Cahiers du cinema, March 1957) 28. Andrzej Wajda's Kanal (Cahiers du cinema, June 1957) 29. War Films: Richard Fleischer's Between Heaven and Hell and Anthony Mann's Men in War (France-observateur, June 20, 1957) 30. Vladimir Braun's Malva (France-observateur, September 12, 1957) 31. Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (Cahiers du cinema, October 1957) 32. Satyajit Ray's Aparajito (France-observateur, December 19, 1957) 33. Stanley Kramer's The Pride and the Passion (France-observateur, December 19, 1957) 34. Japan:Tadashi Imai's Night Drum and Akira Kurosawa's Lower Depths (Cahiers du cinema, July 1958) 35. Sociological Routines: Philip Dunne's Ten North Frederick (Cahiers du cinema, October 1958) Bazin Bibliography Books by Andre Bazin in French Articles and Reviews by Bazin in Their Original Language Books by Bazin Translated into English Book Reviews of Works by Bazin Translated into English Biocritical Works on Bazin Written in or Translated into English Dissertations and Theses on Bazin Written in English Film Credits Index