Bazin at Work: Major Essays & Reviews from the Forties & Fifties

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
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Film theorist, critic, founder of the influential journal Cahiers du Cinema and spiritual father of the French New Wave, Andre Bazin almost single-handedly established the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit. Although his career was brief, his impact on film is widely considered greater than that of any single director, actor, or producer.
This collection of Bazin's fugitive writings is the first volume of work to appear in English in twenty-five years. Bazin at Work includes previously untranslated selections from the four volumes of Qu'est que le cinema? and from such magazines as Cahiers du cinema and Esprit Bazin addresses such significant subjects as film adaptation, CinemaScope, and religious cinema, such prominent filmmakers 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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Contents

PART ONE BAZIN ON DIRECTORS AND ON CINEMA 1 William Wyler or the Jansenist of Directing 1
19
The Myth of Stalin in the Soviet Cinema
23
Adaptation or the Cinema as Digest
41
The Case of Marcel Pagnol
53
Cinema and Theology
61
The Life and Death of Superimposition
73
Will CinemaScope Save the Film Industry?
77
The Cybernetics of Andre Cayatte
95
Senso
159
The Style Is the Genre Les Diaboliques
163
Ripois with or without Nemesis
167
Two Cents Worth of Hope
179
The Profound Originality of Vitelloni
185
History Documentation and the Newsreel
187
The Road to Hope
193
Battle of the Rails and Ivan the Terrible
197

PART TWO BAZIN ON INDIVIDUAL FILMS 9 Farrebique or the Paradox of Realism
103
The Crisis of French Cinema or Scarf ace and the
109
LaStrada
113
Niagara
125
Forbidden Games
129
Europe 57
137
The Last Vacation or The Style Is the Man Himself
141
Cruel Naples Gold of Naples
151
A Saint Becomes a Saint Only After the Fact
205
The Picasso Mystery
211
Bidone or the Road to Salvation Reconsidered
221
High Infidelity The Bridge on the River Kwai
225
The Technique of Citizen Kane
231
A Bazin Bibliography
241
Index
245
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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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