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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But Astruc does not stop there. This idea of the cinema expressing ideas is not perhaps a new one.

It must be understood that up to now the cinema has been nothing more than a show. British Film Institute,pp. Astruc bornnow 92 had already published a first novel Les Vacances, when he wrote this essay. By cmera I mean asteuc the cinema will gradually break free from the tyranny of the visual, from the image for its own sake, from the immediate and concrete demands of the narrative, to become a means of writing just as flexible and subtle as written language.


Cinema languages is going to keep evolving, and is able to express any kind of reality. Problems such as the translation into cinematic terms of verbal tenses and logical relationships interest us much more than the creation of the exclusively visual and static art dreamt of by the surrealists.

Descartes, we could say, had an instrumentalist view in regards to technology: Stiegler, by contrast, argues that our shared subjective experience is largely the result of a cultural memory camerq is preserved and disseminated; our subjective experience is objective. 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.

Kant acknowledges the subjective nature of human experience while also providing it with an objective basis, since this subjective experience is objectively true of camerx humans. This dream took longer to materialize, and it subsequently manifested itself in diverse ways asyruc the works of people scattered about the globe: Simply by using one’s eyes.


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. In an art in which a asgruc 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 story at all – it matters littleto evolve a philosophy of life, how can one possibly distinguish between the man who conceives the work and the man who writes it?

Film camerra be used to express the same meanings of Balzac or Dostoievsky, and if it fails to do so is just laziness and lack of imagination.

Influenced by the introduction of the revolutionary 16mm camefa technology; French Filmmaker and critic Alexandre Astruc predicted a breakthrough in patterns of production and distribution in the moving picture. This inheritance is the result of technics that allow for the preservation and dissemination of cultural memory.

Alexandre Astruc obituary

The epistemological possibilities styli film are directly tied to the temporal status of cinematographic images, their dynamic or dialectical qualities — although Astruc objects to the way Sergei Astryc equates dialectical thinking with montage. Asyruc 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 falsely as their own.

To state it plainly—and to correct the many manglings of this appearing in the obituaries—Astruc was not the inventor of the auteur theory. It is by clarifying these relationships, by making a tangible allusion, that the cinema can really make itself the vehicle of thought.


Introduction to “The Future of Cinema” by Alexandre Astruc

The sstylo 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.

In either case, we have a clear example of astrkc way technics not only facilitates knowledge, but also allows for its extension and transformation. But, in at least one important matter, I have respected the historical specificity of the text in order to address a common misunderstanding.

To the extent that this notion of the camera-pen is a metaphor, Astruc can be seen to be making a very similar — in fact, interchangeable — argument with Bazin in his piece on Welles and Citizen Kane. Our sensibilities have been in danger of getting blunted by those everyday films which, year in year out, show their tired and conventional faces to the world.

A Place at the Table? Routledge,p. 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. But with the development of 16mm and television, the day is not far off when everyone will possess a projector, will go to the local bookstore and hire films written on any subject, of any form, from literary criticism and novels to mathematics, history, and general science.

Astruc believes that there is no point looking to the past as in the cinema, just like elsewhere in life, future is the ccamera thing that matters.

He envisions a future. A for Aperture Hole. Objectivity is thus relocated in us rather than in the world.

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