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Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife by Dudley Andrew (R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University) at Abbey's Bookshop,

Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife

Dudley Andrew (R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University) Herve Joubert-Laurencin


Film, TV & Radio;
Film theory & criticism;
Literary studies: general;
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000


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Andre Bazin remains one of the most read, most studied, and most engaging figures ever to have written about film. He is indisputably the cinema's most influential philosopher-critic. Always an important presence within cinema theory, Bazin, who died just over fifty years ago, has seen a massive resurgence of interest among critics, scholars, and students of every persuasion. The journal that he founded in 1951, Cahiers du Cinema, marked the anniversary year of his death by republishing a dozen of his uncollected essays while Film Comment and Film Quarterly in the US published memorial issues; conferences were held worldwide. Last year also saw the opening of an electronic Bazin archive which consists of his entire output of 2600 pieces on a fascinating array of topics. These events represent an ideal springboard for a major collection about Bazin. The proposed volume will include essays from the best scholars of French cinema in the US and abroad. The contributors represent a pantheon of

By:   Herve Joubert-Laurencin
Edited by:   Dudley Andrew (R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature Yale University)
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 181mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   656g
ISBN:   9780199733897
ISBN 10:   0199733899
Publication Date:   March 2011
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<br> This amazing collection, whose contributors are some of the most distinguished contemporary film scholars, rescues Bazin from the ossified stereotypes that have come to define him in film pedagogy--realism vs. formalism, depth of field vs. editing, humanism vs. Marxism. It sheds light on the complexities and intricacies of the Bazin oeuvre in all its diversity and delineates the ways in which his work illuminates the definitive impact of film as an art in the 20th century. --Mary Ann Doane, Brown University<p><br> Elegantly moving across disciplines, history, theory and geography, the essays in Opening Bazin construct an invaluable and vivid picture of Bazin as film theorist, film critic and engaged intellectual. It seems throughout to amount to more than the study of one man. However its richness and diversity is derived from those qualities in Bazin himself, so just as the book transcends its subject, he himself returns not only as its generative figure but also as an emblem of

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