By André Bazin
André Bazin’s writings on cinema are one of the so much influential reflections at the medium ever written. nevertheless, his severe pursuits ranged commonly and encompassed the “new media” of the Fifties, together with tv, 3D movie, Cinerama, and CinemaScope. Fifty-seven of his reports and essays addressing those new technologies—their creative strength, social impact, and dating to current artwork forms—have been translated right here for the 1st time in English with notes and an creation by way of best Bazin authority Dudley Andrew. those essays convey Bazin’s astute method of a number of visible media and the relevance of his serious suggestion to our personal period of latest media. an exhilarating better half to the basic what's Cinema? volumes, André Bazin’s New Media is great for lecture room use and very important for someone drawn to the historical past of media.
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Such proliferation is starting to pose difficulties that maybe deserve point out. using ﬁlm fragments deals tv numerous seen beneﬁts. First, it makes it attainable to place jointly a cinematic exhibit whilst the whole ﬁlm will be inaccessible. this can be the case with A vous de juger, the superb weekly present affairs application during which Jean L’Hôte offers clips from new ﬁlms which are simply popping out in Paris. After firstly sinning via over the top ambition, this application now makes the easiest of its restricted assets due to the witty statement of F. Chalais. Exploiting an analogous perform, and drawing on a inventory of ﬁlms accrued over ﬁfty years, unique publicizes should be prepared 163 164 / tv and Cinema whose thrust isn't like that of any of the works concerned. Frédéric Rossif approximately went too a long way alongside those traces together with his montages for los angeles Vie des animaux. He borrowed clips from a number of significant documentaries yet missed to quote his assets, a minimum of at the ﬁrst installment. observed by means of a gently scripted narration, the compilation was once provided as a unconditionally new ﬁlm. right here we succeed in the boundaries of what this custom should still allow. family among cinema and tv are already advanced adequate with out stressful them with ruses that come just about aesthetic fraud. within the ciné-clubs we have now continuously dreamed, frequently in useless, of having the ability to place on a night of fragments of ﬁlms the place the logical connection among analogous matters or types might remove darkness from a few element of the works or a few creative challenge of the cinema ordinarily. in truth, this attempt is nearly forbidden to ciné-clubs as a result of the prohibitive bills that it involves. those similar expenditures are, even though, really minimum for tv. during this spirit, Frédéric Rossif used to be rather winning with a montage on l. a. Musique de ﬁlm that had an outstanding voice-over remark. nevertheless, lately he fullyyt ignored the mark together with his sequence on Marcel Pagnol. the explanations for this failure are transparent and instructive. First, he will be reproached for depending some distance an excessive amount of and offensively on short fragments the place for much longer clips, within the absence of the complete paintings, have been referred to as for. Breaking down Pagnol’s ﬁlms into 3 facilities of curiosity (Giono, Raimu, and “the global of Marcel Pagnol”) turns out a section arbitrary, specifically inasmuch because the statement made no attempt to justify those different types. 1 Then there has been a undeniable sadism in displaying a tiny fragment of an analogous ﬁlm in all the episodes rather than a unmarried clip, 3 times as lengthy, in a single of them. all of the similar, we should always by no means lose sight of the truth that Television and Cinema / a hundred sixty five the perform of constructing an anthology from fragments is an unnatural mutilation and calls for severe justiﬁcation. we might have realized extra approximately Pagnol during the unabridged projection of 3 or 4 of his ﬁlms. Bringing those fragments jointly doesn't supply upward thrust to any new severe concept that couldn't be deduced from the full physique of labor.