Bazin at Work

Bazin at Work : Major Essays and Reviews From the Forties and Fifties

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Bazin's impact on film art, as theorist and critic, is considered to be greater than that of any single director, actor, or producer. He 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. Bazin at Work is the first English collection of disparate Bazin writings since the appearance of the second volume of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It includes work from Cahiers le cinema (which he founded and which is the most influential single critical periodical in the history of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers including Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra and well-known films including La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 151.6 x 227.8 x 15mm | 349.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415900182
  • 9780415900188
  • 1,166,884

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This collection of Bazin's fugitive writings is the first volume of his work to appear in English in twenty-five years. Bazin at Work includes previously untranslated selections from the four volumes of Qu'est-ce que le cinema? and from such magazines as Cahiers du cinema and Esprit. Bazin addresses such significant subjects as films including La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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"Bazin writes a clear, unadorned prose and has such a wide-ranging, passionate knowledge of American films that anyone can read him with pleasure and understanding."
-" What's Up, June 1998
..."are fresh, stimulating, and even provocative (or combative) when read in relationship to the present matrix fo film theory and criticism... Thus, "Bazin at Work is essential for all collections."
Performing Arts - Film
-Choice, April 1998 Vol. 35 No. 8
..."particularly brilliant of the most brilliant and valuable books on film published this year, of interest to anyone passionate about cinema."
-"Publishers Weekly
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About Andre Bazin

Bert Cardullo is the film critic of The Hudson Review and Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has edited What Is Dramturgy? and Before His Eyes: Essays in Honor of Stanley Kauffmann.
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