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Theory of the Film: Character and Growth of a New Art

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This volume contains film theory and industry as a growing art.
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Dover Publications (first published 1949)
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An essential book for whom cares for theory of the cinema.
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An incredibly enlightened writer whose theories on cinema are still as relevant and unmatched to this day

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Béla Balázs born Herbert Bauer, was a Hungarian-Jewish film critic, aesthete, writer and poet.

Balázs was the son of German-born parents, adopting his nom de plume in newspaper articles written before his 1902 move to Budapest, where he studied Hungarian and German at the Eötvös Collegium.
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“Celui qui l'a vue, oublier-t-il jamais la dernière image du Cirque où Chaplin continue sa route, n'importe où dans le monde ? Une fois encore, il avait été trompé par la vie, il avait tout perdu, il était maintenant obligé de prendre seul la route et pourtant, pourtant le monde était devant lui, vaste et libre, et pourtant tout est encore possible quand le soleil brille, que le rêve du lointain vous attire. Cette démarche sautillante et comique de Chaplin, longtemps visible, fut l'un des plus beaux poèmes visuels du lyrisme optimiste du voyageur.” 0 likes
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