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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I will even go so far as to say that contemporary ideas and philosophies of life are such that only the cinema can do justice to them. But as soon as we acknowledge this fact, we also have to acknowledge the tendentious nature of these cultural memories. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Leroi-Gourhan’s qstruc 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.

Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise. 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.

It is through his encounter with a series of technical instruments — the alphabet which gave him access to words and languagepen 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.

We highly recommend it!! This prediction not only evokes our recent past, aleandre we used to go to video shops to rent, first, VHS tapes, and then DVDs and Blu-Rays, but also the present, where cinema asrruc lost its singular meaning. Harvard University Press,pp. April Sarah Wang. 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.

To ignore the conjunction of human and technology is thus not only to leave unremarked an essential component in man’s evolution, but also to leave technology in the hands of technocrats and industrialists. In any case, they were doing no more than make cinematic adaptations of their experiments in painting and poetry.

Being a Dig Georges Didi-Huberman. He would return to his literary beginnings in the s, writing a series of novels even as he continued to develop film and television projects.

From that moment on, it will no longer be possible to speak of the cinema.


Instead it pushed the voiceover experiments of Robert Bresson in his Diary of a Country Priest, of the year before, to an extreme. We could say, in this context, that Truffaut offers his readers a useful reminder of the etymology of the term cinematography itself: Our alexahdre 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.

Descartes, we could say, had an instrumentalist view in regards to technology: This emphasis is not a mistake. That is why I would like to call this new age of cinema the age of camera-stylo camera-pen. 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.

It also has an productive even creative function: I will even 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 Future of Cinema Alexandre Astruc.


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. But there is a time and place for polemics. Let me say once again that I realise the term avant-garde savours of the surrealist and so-called abstract films of the s.

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. It is a series of images which, from one end to the other, have an inexorable logic or better even, a dialectic of their own.

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 asruc surrealists. 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.

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 asturc 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.


Unfortunately, with his own films, Astruc struggled to practise what he preached. The evolution of mankind over ayear period does not occur despite technology but because of it. Whereas Kant proposes that the a priori coordinates of understanding are somehow innate, Stiegler argues otherwise: He called for an end to institutional cinema and for a new style that would be both personal and malleable.

Mitchell and Mark B. Moreover we already have a significant example: Although his specific examples are all feature-length narrative films, shot on 35mm, he also mentions the proliferation, in the post-WWII period, of 16mm cameras, and how this increased availability of film cameras can facilitate the continued growth of the new mode of cinematic writing.

However, the Nouvelle Alexwndre 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. It is by clarifying these relationships, by making a tangible allusion, that the cinema can really make itself the vehicle of styylo. Malraux’s L’Espoirthe film which he directed from his own novel, in which, perhaps for the first time ever, film language is the exact equivalent of literary language.

For more, see Bernard Stiegler trans. University of Chicago Press,p. He was incarcerated for five years for armed robbery.

Thinking with the Camera, from Astruc to Stiegler

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. Well, the only cause of these compressions is laziness and lack of imagination.

Astruc bornnow 92 had already published a first novel Les Vacances, when he wrote this essay. Judith Bernstein Interviewed by Jonthan Thomas. It is exactly this contact, according to Astruc, that allows us to discuss cinema not simply in terms of art but also philosophy: This metaphor has a very precise sense.

After having been successively a fairground attraction, an amusement analogous to boulevard theatre, or a means of preserving the images of an era, [film] is gradually becoming a language.