Essays On Chaplin Andre Bazin


Works:218 works in 1,117 publications in 15 languages and 20,133 library holdings
Genres:Motion pictures  Biography  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  History  Biographies  Biographical films  Historical films  Hagiographical films 
Roles:Author, Contributor, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other, Interviewer, Commentator
Classifications:PN1994, 791.4301

Most widely held works about André Bazin



Most widely held works by André Bazin

What is cinema? by André Bazin( Book )

276 editions published between 1958 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 3,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Andre Bazin's What Is Cinema? (volumes I and II) have been classics of film studies for as long as they've been available and are considered the gold standard in the field of film criticism. Although Bazin made no films, his name has been one of the most important in French cinema since World War II. He was co-founder of the influential Cahiers du Cinema, which under his leadership became one of the world's most distinguished publications. Championing the films of Jean Renoir (who contributed a short foreword to Volume I), Orson Welles, and Roberto Rossellini, he became the protege of Francois Truffaut, who honors him touchingly in his forword to Volume II. This new edition includes graceful forewords to each volume by Bazin scholar and biographer Dudley Andrew, who reconsiders Bazin and his place in contemporary film study. The essays themselves are erudite but always accessible, intellectual, and stimulating. As Renoir puts it, the essays of Bazin "will survive even if the cinema does not.""--PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Jean Renoir by André Bazin( Book )

72 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orson Welles : a critical view by André Bazin( Book )

93 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French critic André Bazin was 28 when Orson Welles's Citizen Kane opened in Paris. Four years later he wrote his first book with Welles as its subject; it would quickly achieve the status of a classic. Shortly before his death in 1958, Basin prepared this revised edition. Included are a brilliant introductory essay by François Traffaut and a profile by Jean Cocteau, along with 28 photos of Welles. In Orson Welles: A Critical View, Bazin traces Welles's career from the theatre and radio to Hollywood and Europe. He assesses Welles's works, his innovations--and in many ways takes the man's measure. Orson Welles: A Critical View is the perfect meeting of two great minds. --From cover

The cinema of cruelty : from Buñuel to Hitchcock by André Bazin( Book )

38 editions published between 1975 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps the single most important voice of cinema in the twentieth century, André Bazin profoundly influenced the development of the scholarship that we know now as film criticism. Bazin has acutely analyzed the cinematic values of our time, extending to his international audiences "the impact of art for the understanding and discrimination of his readers."The depth and logic of his commentary has elevated film criticism to new heights. The reputation of André Bazin continues to grow as his writings are published and studied by filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Often referred t

French cinema of the occupation and resistance : the birth of a critical esthetic by André Bazin( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francesco, giullare di Dio = The flowers of St. Francis by Roberto Rossellini( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in Italian and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of The People's Saint: humility, faith, and sacrifice. Gorgeously photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of Saint Francis' time, and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery"--Container

French cinema from the Liberation to the New Wave, 1945-1958 by André Bazin( Book )

37 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"André Bazin is credited with almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit. Bazin's French Cinema from the Liberation to the New Wave, 1945-1958 contains, for the first time in English, nearly all of his writings about the practitioners as well as the predecessors of the French New Wave, a movement that had a profound impact on the evolution of cinematic style and subject matter during the post World War II period."--Page [4] cover

Bazin at work : major essays and reviews from the forties and fifties by André Bazin( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film theorist, critic, founder of the influential journal Cahiers du Cinema and spiritual father of the French New Wave, Andre Bazin almost single-handedly established the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit. Although his career was brief, his impact on film is widely considered greater than that of any single director, actor, or producer. This collection of Bazin's fugitive writings is the first volume of work to appear in English in twenty-five years. Bazin at Work includes previously untranslated selections from the four volumes of Qu'est que le cinema? and from such magazines as Cahiers du cinema and Esprit Bazin addresses such significant subjects as film adaptation, CinemaScope, and religious cinema, such prominent filmmakers Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra, and well-known films including La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge on the River Kwai [Publisher description]

Monsieur Verdoux : a comedy of murders by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

7 editions published between 1947 and 2013 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaplin is a twentieth-century Bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows

La Politique des auteurs; entretiens avec Jean Renoir [et al by André Bazin( Book )

55 editions published between 1972 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chaplin by André Bazin( Book )

42 editions published between 1972 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paru en 1972, ce texte essentiel de Bazin, grand connaisseur de Charlie Chaplin, est complété par Eric Rohmer qui écrit sur La comtesse de Hong Kong, dernier film que réalisa Chaplin en 1967

Andre Bazin's new media by André Bazin( Book )

14 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

André Bazin’s writings on cinema are among the most influential reflections on the medium ever written. Even so, his critical interests ranged widely and encompassed the “new media” of the 1950s, including television, 3D film, Cinerama, and CinemaScope. Fifty-seven of his reviews and essays addressing these new technologies--their artistic potential, social influence, and relationship to existing art forms--have been translated here for the first time in English with notes and an introduction by leading Bazin authority Dudley Andrew. These essays show Bazin’s astute approach to a range of visual media and the relevance of his critical thought to our own era of new media. An exciting companion to the essential What Is Cinema? volumes, André Bazin’s New Media is excellent for classroom use and vital for anyone interested in the history of media.--Publisher website

André Bazin and Italian neorealism by André Bazin( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andr Bazin and Italian Neorealism presents, for the first time in English, a new selection of Andr Bazin's writings on Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Federico Fellini; lesser known but important neorealist works such as The Roof, Forbidden Christ, and Love in the City; and vital topics like realism versus reality, neorealism's eclipse amid postwar Italy's economic prosperity, and the relationship between neorealism and propaganda. . There are also essays on art and politics, film and comedy, and cinema and the avant-garde

Le cinéma de l'occupation et de la résistance by André Bazin( Book )

21 editions published between 1975 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Chaplin by André Bazin( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qu'est-ce que le cinéma? by André Bazin( Book )

in French and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bazin on global cinema, 1948-1958 by André Bazin( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinéma 53 [i.e. cinquante-trois], à travers le monde by André Bazin( Book )

11 editions published in 1954 in French and Undetermined and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qu'est-ce que le cinéma? by André Bazin( Book )

24 editions published between 1958 and 1970 in 4 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is cinema? by André Bazin( Book )

18 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide



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Related Identities
  • Andrew, Dudley 1945- Author of introductionContributorTranslatorEditorAuthor
  • Gray, Hugh 1900-1981 Author of introductionCompilerTranslatorEditorAuthor
  • Truffaut, François Author of introductionDedicateeEditor
  • Renoir, Jean 1894-1979 Author of introductionIntervieweeDedicateeCollaboratorAuthor
  • Joubert-Laurencin, Hervé Author of introductionAuthorEditor
  • Cardullo, Bert TranslatorEditorAuthor
  • Welles, Orson 1915-1985 IntervieweeAuthorDedicatee
  • Criterion Collection (Firm)
  • Estrée, Sabine d' Translator
  • Kracauer, Siegfried 1889-1966

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A practical guide to translated Andre Bazin

Bazin’s work can be divided into four categories:

  1. Monograph on auteurs: Bazin has written on Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, Charlie Chaplin, The Cinema of Cruelty: from Bunuel to Hitchcock.

All four except the one on Chaplin, have English translations:

The last one, translated by Jonathan Rosenbaum, has a new edition in 1992:

2. Monograph on French Cinema: French Cinema of the Occupation and Resistance : the birth of a critical esthetic; Le cinéma français de la Libération à la Nouvelle Vague (1945–1958)

The first one is available in English:

3. Collected essays:

There is, above all, the “qu’est-ce que le cinéma” collection. In French this initially means a four volume work, which appeared in 1958–1965. These volumes are divided thematically:

1. Ontology and language

2. Cinema and other arts

3. Cinema and sociology

4. An aesthetic of the reality: Neorealism

In 1975, these four volumes are condensed into one volume of 26–7 essays, published by Editions du cerf. The selection work is done by Truffaut.

This collection is Bazin’s most famous work, and arguably the best work. But they have never been translated in its entirety into English. Every translation project selects what it took as worthwhile at the time and in the end we have things scattered all over the place. The confused state of the matter deserves a separate section of the present article (see below).

4. The final category consists of all the pieces that Bazin wrote but are not published anywhere in book form.

Dudley Andrew and Herve Joubert-Laurencin compiled a database of all the articles published by Bazin. This database is aptly titlted “Ouvrir Bazin”:

But all you can do is search for bibliographical information. The actual texts are not available.

What is Cinema: a story of translation

Shortly after the four volume work was published appeared its first English translation of Bazin, which came right on time for film studies’ boom in the US. This is the following two fancy colored volumes by Hugh Gray which every film student once had:

Hugh Gray’s two volumes appeared in 1967 and 1971, which contain 26 essays. But he obviously made his own selection from the four volumes which is different from the French 1975 version. How the two differ? First, here is what appeared in the 1975 French version but not in Hugh Gray.

1. Le monde du silence

2. M. Hulot et le temps

3. Le cas Pagnol

4. Un film Bergsonian,

5. Allemagne année zéro

6. Les dernières vacances

7. Un western exemplaire: Sept hommes à abattre

8. Europe 51

However Hugh Gray added seven articles which are not in the 1975 French version:

1. Charlie Chaplin (V1)

2–4. Three more articles on Chaplin (one on Monsieur Verdoux, two on Limelight)

5. Entymology of Pin-up girl

6. The Outlaw

7. The Destiny of Jean Gabin (all the above in V2)

From this difference I imagine Gray apparently regards Bazin’s work on Chaplin might appeal more to the US reader. I can’t think of a good reason as to why he gave up on the ones that he did though, except one has to make a choice.

A new collection called Bazin at Work (1997), edited by Bert Cardullo, adds 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 in my first list. In 2009 Cardullo also translated 2 in English and published it in Bright Lights Film Journal (issue 64). This leaves only two essays in the French one-vol edition unavailable in English. Of course Cardullo adds more essays, especially those on Italian Neorealism (in the fourth French volume). Counting Cardullo’s translation then we have only 1 and 7 not translated.

The Hugh Gray version is widely influential but severely criticized. Apparently the translator took some liberty reformulating Bazin’s words (for a detailed critique see Barnard). But as it turned out some of these words are rather tricky. This wouldn’t be a huge deal if Bazin’s work were not as carefully scrutinized by every film teacher and student in the following decades.

Timothy Barnard’s new translation claims to be “definitive” and is praised by a number of well-known film scholars. Barnard is an experienced translator who also did work from French to English (two or more books by Andre Gaudreault). Unfortunately this book is only available in Canada and through its Montreal publisher caboose.

As a one volume translation it features fewer work than the Gray selection. The actual essays included are:

You will have to judge by yourself whether you like this translation or not.


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