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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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The public spheres which first emerged in Germany and Austria during inter-war years were organized in response and opposition to the dominating public space. He predicted that everybody would have a projector in their house, hire films of any topic from the bookstore and that there would be many more cinemas.

One cannot help noticing that something is happening in the cinema at the moment. This prediction not only evokes our recent past, 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. Hence, the subtitle of volume three: 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.


The creation of this language has preoccupied all the theoreticians and writers in the history of the cinema, from Eisenstein down to the scriptwriters and adaptors of the sound cinema. It is not just a coincidence that Renoir’s La Regle astru JeuWelles’s films, and Bresson’s Les Dames du Bois de Boulogneall films astru establish the foundations of a new future for the cinema, have escaped the attention of critics, who in any case were not capable of spotting them.

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Moreover we already have a significant example: I will even go so far as to say that contemporary ideas and philosophies of life are such that only the cinema can do justice to them. Only a film critic could fail to notice the striking facial transformation which is taking place before our very eyes.

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.

But there is a time and place for polemics. The development of the relationship between society and the individual in the 20th century has been actualized with the introduction of the Aatruc as a communication channel. There is always an avant-garde when something new takes place The latter to be understood in a number of ways: With all due respect to Nadeau, a Descartes of today would already have shut himself up in his bedroom with a 16mm camera and some film, and would write his philosophy on film: This is sttlo Stiegler initially trained for a life in philosophy.

The cinema cannot but develop. Stanford University Press,pp. Bringing Astruc and Stiegler together can help foreground the importance of understanding the fundamental co-dependency of technology, artistry and industry in the evolution of the cinematic medium.


In a similar vein, we can easily extend his comments on 16mm film to the emergence of digital video cameras, which now make it easier than ever for individuals to write with the camera — literally so.

He envisions a future. The concept of the public sphere was discussed by Habermas in The films will come, they will see the light of day – make no mistake about it.

From the beginning, philosophy has ignored or repressed technics, a consideration of which is deemed to be outside atsruc purview of philosophy. These concepts or signs allow us to reflect upon our experiences, to come to a new understanding of their meaning and relevance.

It was while he was in prison that he began studying and practicing philosophy through a series of ascetic reading and writing exercises. He would return to his literary beginnings in the s, writing a series of novels even as he continued to develop film and television projects.

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Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Oxford University Press,pp. Remember Eisenstein’s famous statement: And would Citizen Kane be satisfactory in any other form than that given to it by Orson Welles?

The most philosophical meditations on human production, psychology, metaphysics, ideas, and passions lie within its province. When Astruc discusses thinking and language, he does not mean that filmmakers should transport linguistic ideas or linguistic signs into cinema.