What Is Cinema?, Volume 2

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University of California Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 200 pages
André Bazin's What Is Cinema? (volumes I and II) have been classics of film studies for as long as they've been available and are considered the gold standard in the field of film criticism. Although Bazin made no films, his name has been one of the most important in French cinema since World War II. He was co-founder of the influential Cahiers du Cinéma, which under his leadership became one of the world's most distinguished publications. Championing the films of Jean Renoir (who contributed a short foreword to Volume I), Orson Welles, and Roberto Rossellini, he became the protégé of François Truffaut, who honors him touchingly in his forword to Volume II. This new edition includes graceful forewords to each volume by Bazin scholar and biographer Dudley Andrew, who reconsiders Bazin and his place in contemporary film study. The essays themselves are erudite but always accessible, intellectual, and stimulating. As Renoir puts it, the essays of Bazin "will survive even if the cinema does not."
 

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Contents

Cinematic Realism and the Italian School of the Liberation
16
La Terra Trema
41
Bicycle Thief
47
Metteur En Scene
61
A Great Work
79
The Voyage to the End of Neorealism
83
In Defense of Rossellini
93
The Myth of Monsieur Verdoux
102
The Western or the American Film par excellence
140
The Evolution of the Western
149
Entomology of the PinUp Girl
158
The Outlaw
163
Marginal Notes on Eroticism in the Cinema
169
The Destiny of Jean Gabin
176
Notes
179
Index
195

Limelight or the Death of Moliere
124
The Grandeur of Limelight
128

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André Bazin (1918?1958) was one of France's best-known and respected film critics, and mentor to such directors as Truffaut and Godard. Hugh Gray (translator, 1900?1981) was Professor of Film, Theater, Aesthetics, and Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University. Dudley Andrew is Professor of Film Studies and of Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of André Bazin (1990) and Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film (1995).

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