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. Digital video and Alexandre Astruc’s. caméra-stylo: the new avant-garde in. documentary realized? Bjørn Sørenssen Norwegian University of Science and T . 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.

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And would Citizen Kane be satisfactory in any other form than that given to it by Orson Welles? Edinburgh University Press, Born inBernard Stiegler studied adtruc with Jacques Derrida, whose influence is evident in his writing style, his attraction to neologisms, as well as in his skills at deconstructing the texts of other philosophers. 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.

But, in at least one important matter, I have respected the historical specificity of the text in order to address a common misunderstanding. 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.

Objectivity is thus relocated in us rather than in the world. Secker and Warburg,p. Instead, there is a bland uniformity, a asgruca conformity.

Mitchell and Mark B. 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. The MIT Press,p. The majority of users will do nothing special with these technologies, their lives will carry on more or less the alexansre but what is important is the transformative value these technics may have for one person, for one individual, who transforms the device, allows it to evolve, while also transforming themselves — as well as those who come into contact with their work in the near or distant future.


Cinematographic writing begins when the camera is brought into play, when it is brought into proximity with a set of pro-filmic elements — and a film is allowed to form of this encounter. Every film, because its primary function is to move, i.

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In an art in which a length of film and sound-track is put in motion and proceeds, by means of a certain form and a certain story there can even be no cameraa at all – it matters littleto evolve a philosophy of aleaxndre, how can one possibly distinguish between the man who conceives the work and the man who writes it?

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.

He was incarcerated for five years for armed robbery. British Film Institute,pp.

Moreover we already have a significant example: The link between Astruc and Truffaut can be taken further. So, in the case of the human, biological evolution and technical evolution are necessarily intertwined. The majority of prisoners do not transform their life, or like him become philosophers. Scriptwriters who adapt Balzac or Dostoievsky excuse the idiotic transformations they impose on the works from which they construct their scenarios by pleading that the cinema is incapable of rendering every psychological or metaphysical overtone.


Stiegler, by contrast, argues that our shared subjective experience is largely the result of a cultural memory that is preserved and disseminated; our subjective experience is objective.

Thinking with the Camera, from Astruc to Stiegler

But the history of cinema is not as singular as Stiegler suggests. April Sarah Wang.

The economic and material difficulties of the cinema create the strange paradox whereby one can talk about something which does not yet exist; for although we know what we want, we do not know whether, when, and how we will be able to do it. La Camera-Style, by Alexandre Astruc. French New Wave and international new wave cinema. After having been successively a astduc attraction, an alezandre analogous to boulevard theatre, or a means of preserving the images of an era, [film] is gradually becoming a language.

Camerw there is a time and place for polemics. This is what leads him to his strongest auteurist claim, a few pages later: 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.

Alexandre Astruc obituary

The latter to be understood in a number of ways: Unfortunately, with his own films, Astruc struggled to practise what he preached. Routledge,p.

But the cinema cannot but develop.