By André Bazin
André Bazin’s writings on cinema are one of the such a lot influential reflections at the medium ever written. in spite of this, his severe pursuits ranged largely and encompassed the “new media” of the Fifties, together with tv, 3D movie, Cinerama, and CinemaScope. Fifty-seven of his reports and essays addressing those new technologies—their creative capability, social impact, and dating to latest paintings forms—have been translated the following for the 1st time in English with notes and an creation through prime Bazin authority Dudley Andrew. those essays convey Bazin’s astute method of more than a few visible media and the relevance of his serious suggestion to our personal period of recent media. a thrilling significant other to the basic what's Cinema? volumes, André Bazin’s New Media is superb for school room use and very important for someone drawn to the historical past of media.
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If technology is a factor in revolutionary and unforeseeable progress some of the time, it is also, at other times, an unshakeable ballast. If one considers that the cinema was invented before the airplane and the radio, and that we are now in the atomic age, one will admit that its technical changes have been minimal in relation to those of our civilization. It is easy to theoretically imagine a cinema very different from the one we continue to content ourselves with, but at least half of the hypothetical innovations would necessitate the relinquishing of the current standard of 35mm, ﬁxed more than ﬁfty years ago, rather arbitrarily, by Edison.
Now most variety shows on TV even today include an audience that we hear applaud and occasionally see. The TV spectator can be given the role of witness or invited guest, who looks on while an event unfolds. In one of his most endearing pieces, Bazin marvels at being invited, like everyone else who tuned in, to a swanky Parisian charity soirée that included famous people among its diegetic guests (if they can be called diegetic, since the event was not being recounted but lived). These guests were garbed in expensive evening attire and possessed the gestures of courtesy proper to the haute bourgeoisie.
6 Yet listening to them for thirty minutes gave him fresh insights into their work and their social values. More important, he liked these men and felt connected to them. In its ﬁrst years, television occasionally provided a glimpse of the new forms of social understanding and cohesion it is capable of fostering. Here Bazin should have noted that TV, far more than cinema, is a Introduction / 17 national institution, regulated by the state. Programs are broadcast to the nation and the people we watch are more often than not our fellow citizens.
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