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André Bazin's New Media

By André Bazin

André Bazin’s writings on cinema are one of the such a lot influential reflections at the medium ever written. in spite of this, his severe pursuits ranged commonly and encompassed the “new media” of the Nineteen Fifties, together with tv, 3D movie, Cinerama, and CinemaScope. Fifty-seven of his stories and essays addressing those new technologies—their inventive capability, social impression, and courting to present paintings forms—have been translated the following for the 1st time in English with notes and an advent by way of best Bazin authority Dudley Andrew. those essays express Bazin’s astute method of more than a few visible media and the relevance of his serious inspiration to our personal period of recent media. an exhilarating significant other to the basic what's Cinema? volumes, André Bazin’s New Media is superb for lecture room use and important for somebody drawn to the historical past of media.

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With our 500,000 receivers, we nonetheless lag a ways at the back of America’s 35 million units, or perhaps Britain’s 6 million. sixty seven 68 / The Ontology and Language of tv Any bring up of those numbers evidently relies, first, at the expansion of the provincial districts reached by way of French airwaves, which at the moment hide just a 3rd of the nationwide territory. eventually, even though, we seem to have crossed a decisive threshold, whether simply 3 or 4 years in the past our television used to be in its heroic pioneering interval. 2 the standard of its know-how has been strong for a fair longer time, in order that the center and soul of its destiny now depend upon the government’s administrative and monetary guidelines. in this element, the consensus between Thévenot, Quéval, and Lalou is extraordinary. even though, French television is now in a position to take inventory of itself profitably, due extra to its inventive prestige than its technical improvement. For any viewer who has stored up along with his 4 hours of day-by-day courses roughly constantly during the last five years, i feel there could be no doubt that the first degree of trial and blunder, of uncertainty, and of aesthetic experimentation, ended with the interval 1954–1956. it really is amazing that the 12 months 1956 didn't bring any really novel courses. whereas it can be that from a technical standpoint, the advance of our television is now purely an issue of transmission, at the inventive entrance we're watching a transparent leveling-out, even an inclination to regress from the place we have been on the finish of the 1955 season. during this manner, serious review has had the relaxation of in retrospect with a long way on techniques it observed emerge over the process the previous years. even though nearly confined to a dialogue of French television, Etienne Lalou’s e-book however constitutes an outstanding advent to television in general—especially in its first chapters, that are committed, first, to a psychology of television, after which to its heritage and to a technical rationalization of the “miracle” of the small display. subsequent comes a serious research of programming in The Ontology and Language of tv / sixty nine its present state—which, as i discussed, has been roughly solid for the final years—and then a bankruptcy at the technique of construction, which permits us to head backstage, because it have been, via a final part given over to positive feedback approximately destiny customers. i don't imagine that Lalou’s Regards neufs sur l. a. T. V. makes Quéval and Thévenot’s ebook redundant. There are, notwithstanding, issues during which their overlap is significant. First, of their feedback of what's aired (more succinct in T. V. ), Quéval and Lalou principally agree concerning the significant courses, regardless of adjustments of their taste—and, with quite a few minor changes, i will not aid yet believe them too. in accordance with either books, the 3 top normal exhibits are Lectures pour tous and En Votre âme et moral sense (both of that have been justly presented the yearly television critics’ prize) and, of all of the kind indicates, Music-Hall Parade. in this, the decision used to be unanimous: that’s a very good commence.

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