Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews From the Forties and by André Bazin

By André Bazin

Bazin's impression on movie paintings, as theorist and critic, is taken into account to be more than that of any unmarried director, actor, or manufacturer. he's credited with virtually single-handedly developing the learn of movie as an authorised highbrow pursuit, in addition to with being the non secular father of the French New Wave. Bazin at paintings is the 1st English choice of disparate Bazin writings because the visual appeal of the second one quantity of what's Cinema? in 1971. It contains paintings from Cahiers le cinema (which he based and that is the main influential unmarried severe periodical within the historical past of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers together with Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra and famous motion pictures together with los angeles Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge at the River Kwai.

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And it was still possible to tarnish his memory, to discover in retrospect some breach of faith. But death remained a necessary, though not sufficient, condition. For Malraux, it is death that makes one’s life one’s destiny; for a Communist, only death can completely absorb the subjectivity of histor­ ical events (at least this was so until the example of Stalin presented itself). ” In this light, the astonishingly subjective nature of political trials in socialist states is worth explaining. From a strictly Marxist point of view, it would suffice to declare that Bukharin, Rajk, or Kostov embodies THE MYTH OF STALIN IN THE SOVIET CINEMA tendencies that the Party has decided to combat because they are contrary to History.

Shots of more than two minutes in duration are not infrequent in The Best Years o f Our Lives, without even the slightest reframing to compensate for their stasis. In fact, there is no trace of “associational montage” in such a mise en scene. Even classical editing, which is the aesthetic of the relationship between shots, is drasti­ cally reduced: the shot and the sequence tend to fuse. Many of the scenes in The Best Years o f Our Lives have the unity or discreteness of a Shakespearean scene and are shot as a result in a single long take.

Let me now compare these examples with the example of Stalin in three recent Soviet films: The Third Blow , The Battle o f Stalingrad (Part I), and The Vow. I’ll put aside the quality of the directing, extremely uneven in all three films though better in the first two, which I am now going to examine. There is an evident unity of construction in these two war films: the opposition between the batdefield and the Kremlin, between the apoc­ alyptic turmoil of military struggle and the studious silence of Stalin’s office.

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