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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. 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.

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This aligns with his train of thought however I think that cinema does need to examine past successes in order to create a new Aant-Garde. We have camers this evolve through the accessibility of technology. 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.

Poems 75 — 82 Joseph Mosconi. Through services astrruc YouTube and Vimeo there is an audience for all genres and directors for film like never before. What I am trying to say is that the cinema is now moving towards a form camdra is making it such a precise language famera 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.

But it is significant that the films which fail to obtain the blessing of the critics are precisely those which myself and several of my friends all agree about.

Introduction to “The Future of Cinema” by Alexandre Astruc — The Third Rail

Because of his influential articles on the future of cinema, expectations were high when he attempted to make two short 16mm films, in andbut they were amateurish efforts. This of course implies that the scriptwriter directs his own scripts; or rather, that the scriptwriter ceases to exist, for in this kind of film-making the distinction between author and director loses all meaning.

This unpredictability is the result of a number of factors, and they are not all part of the same industrialisation or corporatisation of the medium.


Remember Eisenstein’s famous statement: It is such bodily advances that lead to the development of speech and language, both of which are made possible by the peculiar features of human anatomy.

Cinema will eventually become a flexible means of writing

Only a film critic could fail to notice the striking facial transformation which is taking place before our very eyes. The Future of Cinema Alexandre Astruc. This prediction not only evokes our recent ca,era, when we used to go to video shops to rent, first, VHS tapes, and then DVDs and Blu-Rays, but also the present, where cinema has lost its singular meaning.

This art, although blessed with an enormous potential, is an easy prey to prejudice; 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.

Notify me of new comments via email. Instead, there is a bland uniformity, a complacencya conformity. Instincts on Trump University Keston Sutherland. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. In this seriesStiegler reflects on the encounter, or non-encounter, between philosophy and technology.

Thinking with the Camera, from Astruc to Stiegler

French New Cameera and international new wave cinema. But the cinema cannot but develop. All thought, like all feeling, is a relationship between one human being and another human being or certain objects which form part of his universe. It is a series of images which, from one end to the other, have an inexorable logic or better even, a dialectic of their own.

To come to the point: Or, at the very least, that the shooting stage should be understood as the true starting point of cinematographic writing, with post-production editing and sound as the final stages in the generation of emotions and ideas. Leroi-Gourhan’s thesis is that while the cortical system of the human brain has remained largely unchanged since the Neanderthal period, the human being has continued to evolve because of the relationship he develops with technics. The silent cinema thought it could get out of it through editing and the juxtaposition of images.

Daniel Downes suggests in Interactive Realism: That is why I would like to call this new age of cinema the age of camera-stylo camera-pen. But neither the silent cinema, because it was the slave of a static conception of the image, nor the classical sound cinema, as it has existed right up to now, has been able to solve this problem satisfactorily.


One day soon, filmmaking equipment would become smaller, cheaper, more flexible although Astruc was not yet able to imagine the advent of electronic videotape. Astruc summed up his own life and career trajectory in the title he gave to a collection of his critical essays in It was trying to create a specific domain for the cinema; we on astru contrary are seeking to broaden it and make it the most extensive and clearest language there is.

The majority of prisoners do not transform their life, or like him become philosophers. Direction is no longer a means of illustrating or presenting a scene, but a true act of writing.

This is what I tried to capture in my essay film looking at tone and language rather than stylistic choices. The epistemological possibilities of film are directly tied to the temporal status of cinematographic images, their dynamic or dialectical qualities — although Astruc objects to the way Sergei Eisenstein equates dialectical camerx with montage.

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. There is always an avant-garde when something new caamera place But Astruc does not stop there. The development of the relationship between society and the individual in the 20th century has been actualized with the introduction of the Internet as a communication channel.

This inheritance is the result of technics that allow for the preservation and dissemination of cultural memory. Could one imagine a Faulkner novel written by someone other than Faulkner? The Poetics Of Cyberspace … Continue reading. Well, the only cause of these compressions is laziness and lack of imagination.