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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 69–85.
Published: 01 December 2022
... postwar moment, including the writing of André Bazin, André Malraux, Roger Leenhardt, and Alexandre Astruc. It draws out the points of contact between Vedrès's text and these better-known studies of film aesthetics, placing the piece in the context of contemporary aesthetic discourse and arguing for its...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 215–229.
Published: 01 May 2021
... and André Bazin praised the film, though Bazin admitted mixed feelings about the film's combination of neorealism or naturalism and highly composed shots, stating, “Perhaps Agnès Varda could not forget . . . her talents as a photographer.” Martine Monod, for example, expressed concern about “a certain...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 175–185.
Published: 01 May 2016
... that gives it eternal substance? — André Bazin, “Cinema and Exploration” From 1959 to 1961, China experienced one of the most severe disasters in its modern history: the Great Famine, during which twenty to forty million people starved to death. But the collective memory of this national trauma has...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 152–153.
Published: 01 September 1996
... 152 Books Received Art, Activism, and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage edited by Grant H. Kester. Duke University Press, 1998 Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews from the Forties and Fifties by Andre Bazin. Translated by Alain Piette and Bert...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 1–25.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., Lola Montès is not entirely a work of mainstream com- mercial cinema. Its failure at the box office upon its initial release in 1955 gives economic testimony to its eccentricity, as does André Bazin’s reference to it as “un film d’avant-­garde.”8 A strong case can also be made...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 129–155.
Published: 01 May 2003
... by critics as diverse as Hal Foster, Susan Sontag, Phil Rosen, and André Bazin. I would like to examine the ways in which the faux documentary Bontoc Eulogy, a film about the narrator’s search to solve the mystery of his Igorot grandfather, who performed at the 1904 St. Louis...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Kracauer and André Bazin, who both locate value precisely in cinema’s capacity to capture the real. But Münster- berg’s contemporaries also deployed ideas of medium specificity to forge theories of value. The concept of photogénie, for instance, demonstrates vividly the impetus away...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 127–136.
Published: 01 September 1988
...• university film criticism, few would deny the significanceof the writing in Cahiers du Cinema from its auspicious debut under Andre Bazin in 1951 to its leap into austere, politically dogmatic theorizing after May 1968. What is our attitude toward this writing? How do we treat it? Can we learn from...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 93–117.
Published: 01 September 2016
... as a source of an authentic reality, that is, of reality’s ambiguity and contradictions. For theoreticians of neorealism, nonprofessional actors contribute to the mystery of reality precisely because they do not act. They are a pure, non- acting, mysterious presence. According to André Bazin...
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Camera Obscura (1982) 3-4 (2-3-1 (8-9-10)): 192–209.
Published: 01 December 1982
... Of the various nouvelle vague directors, Godard seems one of those most influenced in his filmmaking by the thought of Andre Bazin (the spiritual mentor to all the young critics of Cahiers du cinima in the early 1950s). One sees this in his fondness for sequence shots, for location shooting, his...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): iv–29.
Published: 01 December 2020
... enabled by the photographic record its photographic anni- hilation of the photographed subject, or what film theorist André Bazin refers to as its mummy complex that makes possible the epistemic erasure of the very subjects that the protest photographs ostensibly portray.5 As postcolonial theorists...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2011
..., pestilential, vaporous atmosphere. I am reminded of André Bazin’s qualified defense of the then new technology of radio, which is for him explicitly a cultural issue: “Radio has created an atmospheric culture that is as omnipresent as humidity in the air.”21 Smoking Londoners, shaving Parisians...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... access will also become sites for the directors to encourage cruel viewing prac- tices. Throughout the essays that François Truffaut curated for The Cinema of Cruelty, André Bazin focuses again and again on the cruelty made possible through a kind of embodied realism, as opposed to acting...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
...-­over in Performing the Border (Switzer- land and Mexico, 1999), a film about the murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, resonates with the author- ity, distance, and intelligence (as André Bazin would call it) of key essay films, such asNuit et brouillard (Night and Fog, dir...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2020
... hints of André Bazin s mummy complex in Cher s maternal dilemma in her desire to snatch [something of Chastity] from the flow of time contending with the sonic alters our understanding of the mummy complex itself.19 Friedrich Kitt- ler shows the history of recorded sound not only to contain...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Renov (New York: Routledge, 1993), 108–34. 5. André Bazin, What Is Cinema? trans. Hugh Gray (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967), 14. Bazin goes on to argue that “every image is to be seen as an object and every object as an image” (16). This is not to elide...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 109–125.
Published: 01 May 2021
... 1954 as a short film; she then decided she was going to make a feature, but she lacked the capital to pay the required registration fee to do so. As a result, the film was confined to the noncommercial circuit. The film nevertheless caught the attention of producer Pierre Braunberger and critics André...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... conventions were thus able to proliferate downward” (7). 19. André Bazin argues that this naturalized equivalence is in fact the “ontology of the photographic image” — the photograph’s status “as the object itself, the object freed from the conditions of time and space...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (3 (51)): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2002
... point in part 3A, “Equality and fraternity between reality and fiction.” 6. As Jean-Luc Douin says in passing, Histoire(s) du cinéma gives us less “the history of cinema than history by cinema” (“Histoire(s) du cinéma,” CinémAction 52 [1989]: 79; my translation). 7. André...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 98–124.
Published: 01 September 1990
... invites reconsideration because it sketches a kind of counter- proof: it opens up to cinema the perspective of divided time, rather than that of time as a unifying principle in creation, an idea which Andre Bazin helped to establish. Though it seems to have been a minor film for Rossellini...