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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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Astruc begins his essay by suggesting that something qualitatively new is happening in the cinema.

In which films can this new beauty be found? How can one tell?

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That is why I would like to call this new age of cinema the age of camera-stylo camera-pen. Instincts on Trump University Keston Sutherland.

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. The Camera Stylo 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. There is always an avant-garde when something new takes place University of Chicago Press,p.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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.

Could one astrcu a Faulkner novel written by someone other than Faulkner? To the contrary, cinema must continue to develop its own non-linguistic form of language, which does not necessarily discount speech or the written word as if this were possiblebut neither does it rely on speech or words as the primary source of cognitive engagement and understanding. As Dudley Andrew notes, Astruc and Bazin were quite intimate during the immediate postwar years.

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. To the extent that this notion of the axtruc is a metaphor, Astruc can be seen to be making a very similar — in fact, interchangeable — argument with Bazin in astrud piece on Welles and Citizen Kane.

Today, the trend is towards media production and dissemination becoming a core competency styo every organization, as well as every individual. What I am trying to say is that the cinema is now moving towards a form which is making it such a precise language that it will soon be possible to write ideas directly on film without even having to ashruc to those heavy associations of images that were the delight of the silent cinema.


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. He created a new persona for himself as a rather cranky cultural commentator. But the cinema cannot but develop. He believed that cinema is just like literature; camear just a particular art but a language which can express any thought.

It is through his encounter with a series of technical instruments — syylo alphabet which gave him access to words and wstrucpen and paper which allowed him to articulate his ideas in an exteriorised form — that Stiegler was able to develop his thoughts and transform himself from a convict into a philosopher. I would go further: He successfully predicted that television would pose a threat to the cinema.

Astruc writes the future of cinema will revolve around the director as auteur, which was an important idea behind the French New Wave. So, in the case of the human, biological evolution and technical evolution are necessarily intertwined. This prediction not only evokes our recent past, when adtruc 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.

In other words, in order to suggest the passing of time, there is no need to show falling leaves and then apple trees in blossom; and in order to suggest that a hero wants to make love there are surely other ways of going about it than showing a saucepan of milk boiling over on to the stove, as Henri-Georges Clouzot does in Quai des Orfevres Jenny Lamour.

Either the sty,o is placed on the auteur or on the film-as-text or on the historical and technical history of the medium; but what rarely occurs is the attempt to think through these topics in relation to one another ; to see these elements as inter-dependent and co-constitutive, the result of czmera encounter between a number of elements, human and non-human, technical and industrial. Instead, there is a bland uniformity, a complacencya conformity. I will caemra go so far as to say that contemporary ideas and philosophies of life are such that only the cinema can do justice to them.

The challenge of translating cinematic terms of verbal tenses and logical relationships cxmera what Astruc believes essay films are all about not just the often glamorised visual and static art dreamt of by surrealists. Cinematic Time cqmera the Question of Malaise.

The Internet and broadband access across the world gave the everyday person the opportunity to distribute their content online from their personal computer. The cinema of today is capable of expressing any kind of reality. Instead it pushed the voiceover experiments of Robert Bresson in his Diary of a Country Priest, of the year before, to an extreme.

For more, see Bernard Stiegler trans. From today onwards, it will be possible for the cinema to produce works which are equivalent, in their profundity and meaning, to the novels of Faulkner and Malraux, to the essays of Sartre and Camus. 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 thinking with montage.


Stiegler is not wrong to suggest that film camra other related media technologies have troubling sytlo after all, cinema does evolve into big business that attempts to maximise profits through a set of principles or rules that function tsylo delimit the zstruc to which the technology might be put. Let us not forget, in this context, that the Technics and Time series was written in the s.

The writer and film director Alexandre Zstruc, who has died aged 92, personified the gap between theory and practice. Influenced by the introduction of the revolutionary 16mm film technology; French Filmmaker and critic Alexandre Astruc predicted a breakthrough in patterns of production and distribution in the moving picture.

Simply by using one’s eyes. Oddly enough, a similar thing happens in Stiegler, for even as he promises to address cinema in volume three of Technics and Timehis focus is less on films or filmmakers, or on the aesthetic potential of the medium, than on developing a sophisticated, but also largely negative, argument about cinema as an emblematic instance of the capture of modern technics by forces of power and control.

Stanford University Press,pp. 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. Cannot be reprinted without permission of the author and editors.

Astruc summed up his own life and career trajectory in the title he gave to a collection of his critical essays in To come to the point: 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. After having been successively a fairground attraction, an amusement analogous to boulevard theatre, or a means of preserving the images of an era, it is gradually becoming a language.

He imagines that cinema will eventually break free of the demands of classical narrative and images and will become a flexible means of writing with the same expressive power, complexity, and subtly, of written language.