Alexandre Astruc’s canonical essay, ‘The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra -Stylo’ (), is considered a key precursor in the study of cinematic. La caméra-stylo. Alexandre Astruc. “What interests ine in the cinema is abstraction.’ (Orson Welles). One casinot help noticing that something is happening in the. Influenced by the introduction of the revolutionary 16mm film technology; French Filmmaker and critic Alexandre Astruc predicted a.

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This metaphor has a very precise sense.

Alexandre Astruc

This idea of the cinema expressing ideas is not perhaps a new one. Stiegler, in his more recent writings, has taken a somewhat more positive view on the question of technics related to the rise of new technologies digital, the Internet that provide new opportunities for consumers to become producers; to utilise technics such as video cameras for their own education and edification.

One of the fundamental phenomena of the last few years has been the growing realisation of the dynamic, i. We see in them, if you like, something of the prophetic. In other words, in order to suggest the passing of time, asfruc is no need to show falling leaves and then apple trees in blossom; and in order to suggest that a hero wants to make love there are surely other ways of going about it than showing a xtylo of milk boiling over on to the stove, as Henri-Georges Clouzot does in Quai des Orfevres Jenny Lamour.

Maurice Nadeau wrote in an article in the newspaper Combat: It is an art that cannot live by looking back over the past and chewing over the nostalgic memories of an age gone by. Our sensibilities have been in danger of getting blunted by those everyday films which, year in year out, show their tired and conventional faces to the world.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. The cinema of today is capable of expressing any kind of reality. These concepts or signs allow us to reflect upon our experiences, to come to a new understanding of their meaning and relevance.

After having been successively a fairground attraction, an amusement analogous to boulevard theatre, or a means of preserving the images of an era, it is gradually becoming a language. In an art in asteuc a length of film and sound-track is put in motion and proceeds, by means of a certain form and a certain story there can even be no story at all – it matters littleto evolve a philosophy of life, how can one possibly distinguish between the man who conceives the work and the man who writes it?


Stanford University Press,pp. By language, I mean a form in which and by which an artist can express his thoughts, however abstract they may be, or translate his obsessions exactly as he does in the contemporary essay or novel.

He would return to his astruv beginnings in the s, writing a series of novels even as he continued to develop film and television projects. The epistemological possibilities of film are directly tied to styol temporal status of cinematographic images, ztylo dynamic or dialectical qualities — although Astruc objects to the way Sergei Eisenstein equates dialectical thinking with montage.

Already it is looking to the future, for the future, in the cinema as elsewhere, is the only thing that matters.

The concept of the public sphere was discussed by Habermas in It was trying to create a specific domain for the cinema; we on the contrary are seeking to broaden camers and make it the most extensive and clearest language there is. University of California Press,p.


This art, although blessed with an enormous potential, is an easy prey to asgruc it cannot go on for ever ploughing the same field of realism and social fantasy which has been bequeathed to it by the popular novel. To the extent that this notion of the camera-pen is a metaphor, Astruc can be seen to be making a very similar — in fact, interchangeable — argument with Bazin in his piece on Welles and Citizen Kane.

All thought, like all feeling, is a relationship between one human being and another human being or certain asstruc which form part of his universe. French New Wave and international new wave cinema.

Alexandre Astruc – Wikipedia

It was while he was in prison that he began studying and practicing philosophy through a series of ascetic reading and writing exercises. Of course, no tendency can be so called unless it has something concrete to show for itself. This is not to say that the majority of works produced in the past ten years camrea attempted to utilise technics in such a fashion; quite the contrary, for the most part, the majority of users simply wish to replicate astryc cinematic and televisual forms that they are familiar with, and which they recognise however falsely as their own.

There is a similar methodology on display in the work of both philosophers: The MIT Press,p. In their hands, Balzac becomes a collection of engravings in which fashion has the most important place, and Dostoievsky suddenly begins to resemble the novels of Joseph Kessel, with Russian-style drinking-bouts in night-clubs and troika races in the snow.


What I am trying to say is that the cinema is now moving towards a form which is making it such a precise language that it will soon be possible to write ideas directly on film without even having to resort to those heavy associations of images that were the delight of the silent cinema. I will even go so far as to say that contemporary ideas and philosophies of camea are such that only the cinema can do justice to them.

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Well, the only cause of these compressions is laziness and lack of imagination. The evolution of mankind over ayear period does not occur despite technology but because of it. There will be several cinemas just as today there are several literatures, for the cinema, like literature, is not so much a particular art as a language which can express any sphere of thought. The majority of prisoners do not transform their life, or like him become philosophers. The Internet and broadband access across the world gave the everyday person the opportunity to distribute their content online from their personal computer.

This book is a wonderful anthology of writings by critics and filmmakers associated with the Nouvelle Vague, is a great read, and has many more seminal writings. La Camera-Style, by Alexandre Astruc.

That’s why I am talking about avant-garde. By language, I mean a form in which and by which an artist can express his thoughts, however abstract they may be, or translate his obsessions exactly as he does in the contemporary essay or novel.

This metaphor has a very precise sense. Malraux’s L’Espoirthe film which he directed from his own novel, in which, perhaps for the first time ever, film language is the exact equivalent of literary language. To this notion, Stiegler adds a discussion of the new time-based media of the 19th and 20th centuries the phonograph, cinemawhich not only duplicate the flux of consciousness but also — because of their asrtuc reproducibility — have caamera ability to repeat it. This inheritance is the result of technics that allow for the preservation and dissemination of astru memory.

With this in mind, and as a final homage to Astruc, let me end the same way he ended his piece 67 years ago: