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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As Dudley Sttylo notes, Astruc and Bazin were quite intimate during the immediate postwar years. 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. Direction is no longer a means of illustrating or presenting a scene, but a true act of writing.

Thinking with the Camera, from Astruc to Stiegler

This is directly related to the fact that most filmgoers and television viewers have no access to equipment, and no ability to participate in these media except as spectators.

What is different between the two processes is that, in traditional writing, the same instruments are used at each stage of composition; whereas film involves different instruments or tools, each of which has its own range of potentials, and its own way of influencing the course of action to be taken. We have no desire to rehash those poetic documentaries and surrealist films of twenty-five years ago every time we manage to escape the styllo of a commercial industry.

French New Wave and international new wave cinema. Simply by using ccamera eyes. That’s why I am sylo about avant-garde. Instead, there is a bland uniformity, a complacencya conformity.

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Or, at the very least, that the shooting stage should astruf 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.

It was trying to create a specific domain for the cinema; we on the contrary are seeking to broaden it and make it the most extensive and clearest language there is. The concept of the public sphere was discussed by Habermas in It was while he was in prison that he began studying and practicing philosophy through a series of ascetic reading and writing exercises.


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Alexandre Astruc

The invention of YouTube which allows users to upload videos for free gave the everyday person the ability to produce content for a mass audience. 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 stlo express any sphere of thought.

One of the fundamental phenomena of the last few years has been the growing realisation of the dynamic, i. In their hands, Balzac becomes a collection of engravings in which syylo 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.

Alexandre Astruc – Wikipedia

Video production technology was only available to those in the industry as it was so expensive, bulky and also was made of a highly flammable nitrate base which limited production and distribution. The link between Astruc and Truffaut can be taken further. But it takes on fresh importance when placed in dialogue with recent developments in film and media theory, from the film-philosophy movement of the past decade to the work on technics by Bernard Stiegler and others.

To come to the point: In either case, we have a clear example of the way technics not only facilitates knowledge, but also allows for its extension and transformation.

Stiegler attempts to rectify this error. The evolution of technology has allowed amateur filmmakers to purchase and use high-quality equipment and distribute their content to wide audiences. In any case, they were doing no more than make cinematic adaptations of their experiments in painting and poetry. There was a time and place for it inand there is a time and place for it inin the age of digital and the Internet.

He defended his dissertation inand, since then, has published more than a dozen books — a number of them organised around a common theme, as in the three-volume Technics and Time series, published in France between and He envisaged the birth of new cinema aesthetics drawing on experiences of the avant-garde.

Secker and Warburg,p. 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. Technics are not only fundamental in the development of human knowledge, but are also significant in the creation of a non-biological form of memory.


We have come to realise that the meaning which the silent cinema tried to give birth to through symbolic association exists within the image itself, in the development of the narrative, in every gesture of the characters, in every line of dialogue, in those camera movements which relate objects to objects and characters to objects.

Kant acknowledges the subjective nature of human experience while also providing it with an objective basis, since this subjective experience is objectively true of all humans. 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 mechanical reproducibility — have the ability to repeat it.

But Astruc does not stop there. Of course, no tendency can be so called unless it has something concrete to show for itself.

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. The shift is from technics that facilitate memory to those that store it.

Such a consideration, Stiegler suggests, would have challenged Husserl to refine his ideas on temporal objects and the challenges faced by the phenomenological subject in the twentieth century. Xamera it is looking to the future, for the future, in the cinema as elsewhere, is the only thing that matters.

The cinema of today is getting a new face. This is not to say that the majority of works produced in the past ten years have attempted to utilise technics in such a fashion; quite the contrary, for the most part, the majority of users simply wish to replicate the cinematic and televisual forms that they are familiar with, and which they recognise however syylo as their own.