Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews From the Forties and by Andre Bazin, Bert Cardullo

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By Andre Bazin, Bert Cardullo

Bazin's impression on movie artwork, as theorist and critic, is taken into account to be more than that of any unmarried director, actor, or manufacturer. he's credited with nearly single-handedly developing the learn of movie as an authorised highbrow pursuit, in addition to with being the non secular father of the French New Wave. Bazin at Work is the 1st English selection of disparate Bazin writings because the visual appeal of the second one quantity of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It contains paintings from Cahiers le cinema (which he based and that is the main influential unmarried serious periodical within the background of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers together with Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra and recognized motion pictures together with La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge at the River Kwai.

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This is why it was not enough for the Party to decree that Rajk drop back down to the rank of simple activist and start again, or even for the Party to condemn him to death as if he were an enemy soldier. It had necessarily to proceed with a retroactive purge of History by showing that the accused had since his birth been a conscious and systematic traitor, all of whose actions up to now were consequendy elements in a diabolically camouflaged plan of sabotage. To be sure, this procedure is too dangerous and too fraught with improbabilities to be used in all instances.

What theater direc­ tor would not want the spectator in the worst seat at the back of the house to be able to see clearly the movements of his actors, and to read with ease his intentions at any moment in the action? Wyler didn’t choose to do anything other than realize on film the essence of a theatrical mise en sem e that would not use the lights and the set to ornament the actor and the text. 19 BAZIN ON DIRECTORS AND ON CINEMA NOTES TO CHAPTER 1 W illiam W yler ; o r th e J a n s e n is t o f D i r e c t i n g This essay first appeared in Revue du Cinema in 1948, and appeared in Volume 1 (“Ontologie et langage”), pp.

Paris: Editions du Cerf). Volume 1 was published in 1958, Volumes 2-4 in 1959, 1961, and 1962, respectively. “William Wyler, or the Jansenist of Directing” was not included by Hugh Gray in his selected two-volume translation of Bazin’s work entided W hat is Cinema? (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967 and 1971). 1. Editor’s note: Axel Madsen comments on the tide of Bazin’s essay: Jansenism in contemporary French thought refers less to the theological princi­ ples of Cornelius Jansen, the seventeenth-century Dutch churchman con­ demned [by the Catholic Church] as heretical (for maintaining that human nature is incapable of good and for emphasizing predestination over free will), than to Rene Descartes’s desire for austerity and ordered, if slighdy subversive, behavior.

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