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A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema

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Cahiers du Cinéma was the single most influential project in the history of film. Founded in 1951, it was responsible for establishing film as the ‘seventh art,’ equal to literature, painting or music, and it revolutionized film-making and writing. Its contributors would put their words into action: the likes of Godard, Truffaut, Rivette, Rohmer were to become some of the ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Verso (first published August 3rd 2009)
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Mar 25, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Conversation with Not earlier this morning:

- So what do you have against Spring Breakers? You like Russ Meyer.

- Russ Meyer is good. There's no need to remake him.

- But this isn't a remake. Everyone just says Harmony Korine is the person filling that role in the contemporary scene, making trashy arthouse movies about girls with big boobs.

- He's crap.

- Cahiers du Cinéma gave him a great writeup.

- They're crap too.

- But you didn't read a word of the article.

- I looked at the ads. You can always tel
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, this is not a gossip filled book on one of the most important film journals that's out there in any language. Well, I should say it used to be the most important film magazine in the world. Now it is just another film magazine.

When it first started it was sort of like Punk Rock. Film obsessed French geeks just wanted to breathe in and out of film history, aesthetic, and production of cinema. In a very fast speed and slightly academic manner, we get the early years turning into the May 68 Ma
Nick Jones
The title explains what the book is about. Cahiers du cinema has been the most influential film journal ever published – and, as its editorial direction changed from the 1950s to the 1970s, its influenced continued and changed. In England, for instance, the most important film journals of the 1960s (notably Movie) were deeply indebted to the 1950s Cahiers du cinema, while the most important film journal of the 1970s, Screen, continued many of the ideas first raised in Cahiers du cinema during th ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this well-written, mapping out of the history/traces of the Cahiers experiment, success and dissolution to be very interesting and essential for understanding film & criticism now.
İbrahim Tosyalı
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sinema yayıncılığının zirvesinin arka bahçesi <3
There is plenty of material in the life cycle of Cahiers du Cinéma to make a history of the journal completely absorbing, but this is more of a one damn thing after another report of events. One editor succeeds another, circulation goes up, circulation goes down, the journal becomes politicized, the journal becomes commercialized. The book mentions concepts (the auteur, mise-en-scene, Maoism, etc.), theorists (Bazin, Althusser, Deleuze), and dozens of films and filmmakers, but each is only brief ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting account of the formation of the journal through the various periods up to the present day. I read through the classic period of the 50s and the 60s, after which all the most interesting writers of the formative period were making films and Bazin was dead. Also dead was the Hollywood studio system, which had provided much of the impetus for the journal in its early period, as well as Bazin's conception of a Cinema evaluated purely on its own terms: not as illustrated literature, as ex ...more
Darin Strachan
The title is very accurate. It is a short history of the infamous French film magazine. At times it seems too concise, but it manages to cover the entire history of the publication in a very short, single book. It makes some assumptions with history and movies that some ready who are not familiar with those topics may not fully grasp, but these things must be made to allow the book the cover 40 years of the way a magazine covers film.
Özge Mö
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antonioni " bize şunları anlatıyor; bizler sadece anlaşılanları biliyoruz ve henüz anlaşılamayan şeyler içinde yaşıyoruz. Çölde kendi taşınabilir vahalarımızla birlikte yol alıyoruz, fakat o vaha olduğuna inandığımız şey aslında bir çöldür, o çölde aslında bir vahadır."
M. Cornelis van der Weele IV
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
An incisive history not only of the rise and eventual decline of one of history's most influential film magazines, but also that of the society upon which it commented.
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