What is Cinema?: Volume I #2020

What is Cinema?: Volume I By André Bazin Hugh Gray Jean Renoir What is Cinema Volume I The philosophy and unique insights of the late French film critic are revealed in these essays
  • Title: What is Cinema?: Volume I
  • Author: André Bazin Hugh Gray Jean Renoir
  • ISBN: 9780520000926
  • Page: 399
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  • What is Cinema?: Volume I By André Bazin Hugh Gray Jean Renoir The philosophy and unique insights of the late French film critic are revealed in these essays.
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    1. André Bazin Hugh Gray Jean Renoir

      An influential film critic and theorist, Andr Bazin was the founder of the reknowned and pioneering film journal, Cahiers du cin ma.Bazin was a major force in post World War II film studies and criticism In addition to editing Cahiers until his death, a four volume collection of his writings was published posthumously from 1958 to 1962 and titled Qu est ce que le cin ma What is Cinema Two of these volumes were translated into English in the late 1960s and 1970s and became mainstays of film courses in the US and England.Bazin argued for films that depicted what he saw as objective reality such as documentaries and films of the Italian neorealism school and directors who made themselves invisible such as Howard Hawks He advocated the use of deep focus Orson Welles , wide shots Jean Renoir and the shot in depth , and preferred what he referred to as true continuity through mise en sc ne over experiments in editing and visual effects This placed him in opposition to film theory of the 1920s and 1930s which emphasized how the cinema can manipulate reality The concentration on objective reality, deep focus, and lack of montage are linked to Bazin s belief that the interpretation of a film or scene should be left to the spectator.Bazin believed that a film should represent a director s personal vision, rooted in the spiritual beliefs known as personalism These ideas would have a pivotal importance on the development of the auteur theory, the manifesto for which was Fran ois Truffaut s 1954 Cahiers article A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema Bazin also is known as a proponent of appreciative criticism, wherein only critics who like a film can write a review of it, thus encouraging constructive criticism.In 2009, in response to widespread dissatisfaction with existing English translations of Bazin s writings, the Montreal publisher caboose brought out a new translation of selected essays from What is Cinema This was also the first and to date only corrected edition of Bazin s writings in any language.

    710 thoughts on “What is Cinema?: Volume I”

    1. Excellent book of essays by Andre Bazin, widely regarded as one of the best film critics ever Judging by this book, I would have to agree The best thing about this book is you don t have to have a Master s degree in Film Studies to understand them There is an excellent essay about adapting novels into cinema, which should be of particular interest to members It s too bad he died in 1958 when he was only 40, it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts on movies from the 60 s to the 90 s w [...]



    2. I think that, in the early days of film theory, this was an essential text Bazin was so prescient in his reflections on the way in which cinema should portray realistic, daily life Aside from being the grandfather of the Nouvelle Vague, Bazin made us think about cinema s presence as a new art form, one that embraced pretty much every artistic medium known to modern man I particularly enjoyed his essay on Bresson I haven t read the novel of Diary of a Country Priest, but it seemed like Bresson wa [...]




    3. Just a sort of disclaimer know the history of cinema before the 50s you ll get much out of Bazin s essays A few quotations Death is but the victory of time It is this religious use, then, that lays bare the primordial function of statuary, namely, the preservation of life by a representation of life The creation of an ideal world in the likeness of the real, with its own temporal destiny Photography does not create eternity, as art does, it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corru [...]


    4. Bazin pioneered new territory He wasn t a philosopher, wasn t a filmmaker, and it s hard to call him a film critic as we now understand the term Rather, his work is in the vein of those old titans of the Frankfurt School And within that vein, he seeks to clarify the role of the cinema in the modern artistic landscape Unlike that perennial mope Adorno as much as I love the grumpy fuck , Bazin sees cinema as a way to forge new artistic language Against the charges that cinema was replacing the tim [...]


    5. I started this book two years ago and i was stumbling all the way through due to reading conditions of but this book if i have to give an honest resolution is one of the works that could be relied on as very beneficial to anyone who looks beyond technical cinema crafting Basin philosophical background made it easy for him to just defragment philosophical notions on cinema perspectives, this appeared in the chapters slowly explaining how should simply a moving image should be the aesthetics of us [...]


    6. Estoy bastante de acuerdo con la actitud de Bazin ac en vez de tirar postas, hace lo contrario se dedica a relajar ciertas posturas que se repiten mucho, como la creencia de que el cine mudo fue m s puro y superior Bazin piensa en la llegada del sonido como un posibilitador , o aquella de quienes se oponen al teatro filmado, o algunos giles que hablan de c mo el cine rob de la literatura El libro no se vuelve del todo te rico o aburrido gracias a ilustraciones como descripciones de pel culas o e [...]


    7. I m not that interested in film theory, but I liked this book than I thought I would Bazin really is a wonderful writer, and he has some very interesting ideas I don t totally buy his theory that the photograph is completely objective and lacking in human participation, but it s interesting to see how he plays it out And his dissection of the different ways that audiences experience and respond to theater and cinema is fantastic.


    8. refined the impulse, the benefit and the possibilities of what can be achieved when participating in art, the development of meaning and the science of it bazin always seeks benefit, another insight cinema is a container for his love of civilization as noun and verb it is also daring, there is a sense that he is forming ideas as he writes and enjoys and respects the trajectory i love it it is one of the books i kiss after reading, along with spinoza and a few other special books.


    9. The photographic image is of the object itself, the object freed from the conditions of time and space that govern it No matter how fuzzy, distorted, or discolored, no matter how lacking in documentary value the image may be, it shares, by virtue of the very process of its becoming, the being of the model of which it is the reproduction it is the model.


    10. I absolutely love the way Bazin writes he represents for me a possible model Theory, I think, requires the sort of admiration and curiosity rather than cold scientific inquiry evident throughout these books Whether or not I agree with his tastes, this and the second volume beg further exploration.


    11. This is another book for my film class, so I didn t read the entire thing, but what I did read was better than the Arnheim book the week before I think this still assumes some knowledge on the part of the reader, but then again, I imagine the author never thought it would be read by someone just taking a class to fulfill a credit requirement.


    12. Much of these essays are about the relationship between various arts and cinema Painting photography cinema Theater cinema Literature cinema The arguments being presented are often of a type that have long since been settled does anyone really have a problem with novel adaptations , but Bazin is an enjoyable author, and I really liked the first couple essays quite a bit.


    13. from the creator of film criticism by way of Cahiers du Cinema , enchanting historical and theoretical and ethnographic prose gets after the breadth of the cinema experience and of cinema as a concept and field of study, itself.


    14. Before the arrival of photography and later cinema, the plastic arts were the only intermediaries between actual physical presence and absence Classic and essential film theory Definitely going into the thesis.


    15. Quintessential film theory from French theorist Andre Bazin Topics under discussion include the ontology of the photographic image, the evolution of cinema as a language Interesting use of metaphor throughout.


    16. Absolute must read film theory The preeminent realist I don t agree with everything he writes, but I can tell you it is hard to argue against Be on the lookout for polemics.


    17. If you don t know before reading this book, not only with it not help you, it will make you never want to see a movie again.





    18. Interesting approach, and midpoint a seminal work of theory and criticism But dated in light of where the art form has gone.




    19. On the other hand, a new subject matter demands new form, and as good a way as any towards understanding what a film is trying to say to us is to know how it is saying it.


    20. The essays of Andre Bazin What is Cinema are about philosophy as much as they are about film and what s they are philosophically knowledgeable, insightful, and subversive.



    21. Ah, film theory before Film Theory Probably refreshing since I never read it as a student approached things backwards Liked the parts on von Stroheim.


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