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Cahiers Du Cinema; The 1950s: Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave

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Cahiers du Cinema is the most prestigious and influential film journal ever published. An anthology devoted entirely to its writings, in English translation, is long overdue.

The selections in this volume are drawn from the colorful first decade of Cahiers, 1951-1959, when a group of young iconoclasts racked the world of film criticism with their provocative views an international cinema--American, Italian, and French in particular. They challenged long-established Anglo-Saxon attitudes by championing American popular movies, addressing genres such as the Western and the thriller and the aesthetics of technological developments like CinemaScope, emphasizing mise en scéne as much as thematic content, and assessing the work of individual filmmakers such as Hawks, Hitchcock, and Nicholas Ray in terms of a new theory of the director as author, auteur, a revolutionary concept at the time. Italian film, especially the work of Rossellini, prompted sharp debates about realism that helped shift the focus of critical discussion from content toward style. The critiques of French cinema have special interest because many of the journal's major contributors and theorists Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette, Chabrol were to become same of France's most important film directors and leaders of the New Wave.

Translated under the supervision of the British Film Institute, the selections have far the most part never appeared in English until now. Hillier has organized them into topical groupings and has provided introductions to the parts as well as the whale. Together these essays, reviews, discussions, and polemics reveal the central ideas of the Cahiers of the 1950s not as fixed doctrines but as provocative, productive, often contradictory contributions to crucial debates that were to overturn critical thinking about film.

About the Author

Jim Hillier is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Bulmershe College of Higher Education, Reading, England.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Books Frequently Cited in Text

Introduction

PART 1: FRENCH CINEMA

Introduction

1. François Truffaut: 'The Rogues are Weary' (review of Jacques Becker's Touchez pas au grisbi) (April 1954)

2. André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Pierre Kast, Roger Leenhardt, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer: 'Six Characters in Search of auteurs: A Discussion about the French Cinema' (May 1957)

3. Jean-Luc Godard: 'Sufficient Evidence' (review of Roger Vadim's Sait-on jamais?) (July 1957)

4. Jean-Luc Godard: Les 400 Coups (February 1959)

5. Fereydoun Hoveyda: 'The First Person Plural' (article on François Truffaut's Les 400 Coups) (July 1959)

6. Jean Domarchi, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Jean-Luc Godard, Pierre Kast, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer: 'Hiroshima, notre amour' (discussion on Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour) (July 1959)

PART 2: AMERICAN CINEMA

Introduction

I. Perspectives

7. Eric Rohmer: 'Rediscovering America' (Christmas 1955)

8. Jacques Rivette: 'Notes on a Revolution' (Christmas 1955)

9. André Bazin: 'The Death of Humphrey Bogart' (February 1957)

II. Dossier - Nicholas Ray

10. Jacques Rivette: 'On Imagination' (review of The Lusty Men)(October 1953)

11. François Truffaut: 'A Wonderful Certainty' (review of Johnny Guitar) (April 1955)

12. Eric Rohmer: 'Ajax or the Cid?' (review of Rebel Without a Cause) (May 1956)

13. Jean-Luc Godard: 'Nothing but Cinema' (review of Hot Blood) (February 1957)

14. Jean-Luc Godard: 'Beyond the Stars' (review of Bitter Victory) (January 1958)

15. Charles Bitsch: Interview with Nicholas Ray (November 1958)

III. Auteurs

16. Jacques Rivette: 'The Genius of Howard Hawks' (May 1953)

17. Jacques Rivette: 'The Essential' (review of Otto Preminger's Angel Face) (February 1954)

18. Claude Chabrol: 'Serious Things' (review of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window) (April 1955)

19. Jacques Rivette: 'The Hand' (review of Fritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt) (November 1957)

20. Luc Moullet: 'Sam Fuller: In Marlowe's Footsteps' (March 1959)

IV. Genre

21. Claude Chabrol: 'Evolution of the Thriller' (Christmas 1955)

22. André Bazin: 'Beauty of a Western' (review of Anthony Mann's The Man from Laramie) (January 1956)

23. André Bazin: 'An Exemplary Western' (review of Budd Boetticher's Seven Men from Now) (August-September 1957)

PART 3: ITALIAN CINEMA

Introduction

24. André Bazin: Umberto D (June 1952)

25. Amédée Ayfre: 'Neo-Realism and Phenomenology' (November 1952)

26. Jacques Rivette: 'Letter on Rosseilini' (April 1955)

27. Eric Rohmer: 'The Land of Miracles' (review of Roberto Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia) (May 1955)

28. Eric Rohmer and François Truffaut, Fereydoun Hoveyda and Jacques Rivette: Interviews with Roberto Rossellini (July 1954 and April 1959)

PART 4: POLEMICS

I.Criticism

Introduction

29. Pierre Kast: 'Flattering the Fuzz: Some Remarks on Dandyism and the Practice of Cinema' (May 1951)

30. Jean Domarchi: 'Knife in the Wound' (October 1956)

31. André Bazin: 'On the politique des auteurs' (April 1957)

32. Luc Moullet, André Bazin, Jacques Rivette: Exchanges about Kurosawa and Mizoguchi (February 1957, March 1957, March 1958)

33. Alexandre Astruc: 'What is mise en scène?' (October1959)

II. Dossier - CinemaScope

Introduction

34. François Truffaut: 'A Full View' (July 1953)

35. Jacques Rivette: 'The Age of metteurs en scéne' (January 1954)

36. Eric Rohmer: 'The Cardinal Virtues of CinemaScope' (January 1954)

Appendix: 1 Cahiers du Cinéma Annual Best Films Listings 1955-9

Appendix: 2 Guide to Cahiers du Cinéma Nos 1-102, April 1951 - December 1959, in English translation

Appendix: 3 Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1960s and 1970s

Index of Names and Film Titles

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674090613
Editor:
Hillier, Jim
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Editor:
Hillier, Jim
Edited:
Hillier, Jim
Author:
Hillier, Jim
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Harvard Film Studies
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
July 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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