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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Each director creating their own cinematic language, no longer relying on literature to tell a story but manipulation of images and sound. In this seriesStiegler reflects on the encounter, or non-encounter, between philosophy and technology.

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. Descartes, we could say, had an instrumentalist view in regards to technology: Asrtuc 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.

Well, the only cause of these compressions is laziness and lack of imagination. Because of his influential articles on the future of cinema, expectations were high when he attempted to make two short 16mm films, in andbut they were amateurish efforts. It is a series of images which, from one end to the other, have an inexorable logic or astrhc even, a dialectic of their own.

The evolution of mankind over ayear period does not occur despite technology but because of it. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The challenge of translating cinematic terms of verbal tenses and logical relationships is what Astruc believes essay films are all about astryc just the often glamorised visual and static art dreamt of by surrealists.

However, the Nouvelle Chic might have been a more appropriate way of categorising it, with its white sports cars, cocktail parties, a recording studio, modern skyscrapers, jazz and Bach on the soundtrack and quick, slick cross-cutting. The shift is from technics sfylo facilitate memory to those that store it.


This has nothing to do with a school, or even a movement. 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 can express any sphere of thought.

This unpredictability is the result of a number of factors, and they are not all part of the same industrialisation or corporatisation of the medium. czmera

Direction is no longer a means of illustrating or presenting a scene, but a true act of writing. Maurice Nadeau wrote in an article in the newspaper Combat: This aligns with his train of thought however I think that cinema does need to examine past successes in order to create a new Aant-Garde.

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.

Astru essay has become a classic among students and scholars of cinema.

La Camera Stylo – Alexandre Astruc

In which films can this new beauty be found? Through services like YouTube and Vimeo there is an audience for all genres and directors for film like never before.

He was incarcerated for five years for armed robbery. It is this kind of singular experience that sets the stage for true individuation, one whose outcome cannot be known in advance. 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.

Already it is looking to the future, for the future, in the cinema as elsewhere, is the czmera thing that matters. Cinema has become a means of expression, just like all other art forms before it but it has an accessibility like none other.

It becomes clear that Astruc relates abstraction to language — and language to thinking.



Let me say once again that I realise the term asgruc savours of the surrealist and cmera abstract films of the s. Camdra is an art that cannot live by looking back over the past and chewing over the nostalgic memories of an age gone by.

This is what leads him to his strongest auteurist claim, a few pages later: The cinema cannot but develop. He asrruc 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 But that avant-garde is already old hat. British Film Institute,pp. With this in mind, and as a final homage to Astruc, let me end the same way he ended his piece 67 years ago: 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.

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Moreover we already have a significant example: Hence, the subtitle of volume three: To come to the point: So there we are. Cajera book is a wonderful anthology of writings by critics and filmmakers associated with the Nouvelle Vague, is a great read, and has many more seminal writings. Astruc begins his essay by suggesting that something qualitatively new is happening in the cinema.

Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Waveed. In their hands, Balzac becomes a collection of engravings in which fashion 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. This site uses cookies. For better or worse, we are rapidly moving into an age of visuality, as anyone who has spent time on YouTube or Vimeo will confirm.