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André Bazin, the Critic as Thinker

American Cinema from Early Chaplin to the Late 1950s

  • Editors
  • R. J. Cardullo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Themes and Genres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 3-33
    3. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 35-58
    4. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 59-77
    5. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 79-103
  3. Artists and Directors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 107-143
    3. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 145-164
    4. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 165-170
    5. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 171-178
    6. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 179-202
    7. R. J. Cardullo
      Pages 203-219
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 221-337

About this book

Introduction

"André Bazin (1918–58) is credited with almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as with being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. Among those who came under his tutelage were four who would go on to become the most renowned directors of the postwar French cinema: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol. Bazin can also be considered the principal instigator of the equally influential auteur theory: the idea that, since film is an art form, the director of a movie must be perceived as the chief creator of its unique cinematic style.
André Bazin, the Critic as Thinker: American Cinema from Early Chaplin to the Late 1950s contains, for the first time in English in one volume, much if not all of Bazin’s writings on American cinema: on directors such as Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Preston Sturges, Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, John Huston, Nicholas Ray, Erich von Stroheim, and Elia Kazan; and on films such as High Noon, Citizen Kane, Rear Window, Limelight, Scarface, Niagara, The Red Badge of Courage, Greed, and Sullivan’s Travels.
André Bazin, the Critic as Thinker: American Cinema from Early Chaplin to the Late 1950s also features a sizable scholarly apparatus, including a contextual introduction to Bazin’s life and work, a complete bibliography of Bazin’s writings on American cinema, and credits of the films discussed. This volume thus represents a major contribution to the still growing academic discipline of cinema studies, as well as a testament to the continuing influence of one of the world’s pre-eminent critical thinkers."

Keywords

André Bazin American cinema film criticism auteur theory French culture

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-878-5
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-878-5
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