The Taste for Beauty (Cambridge Studies in Film)


The Taste for Beauty (Cambridge Studies in Film)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 372 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521385923
  • DDC分類 791.4375


Translated by Carol Volk. This is a collection of essays by the film director and critic Eric Rohmer which were originally written for the French Film review Cahiers du Cinéma between 1948-1979.

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The Taste for Beauty is a collection of essays by the film-maker and critic Eric Rohmer which were originally written for the French Film review Cahiers du Cinema between 1948-1979. Rohmer, one of the founding members of the French 'New Wave' cinema, was also one of the journal's original critics and served as its editor. Divided into four sections, the essays deal with fundamental and theoretical questions of film-making from a single theoretical viewpoint. Rohmer, a film-maker of great eloquence and erudition, writes in depth on the issues most fundamental to film: what the camera best portrays; the role of sound and colour; the use of drama and comedy; the role of speech; and the problem of literary adaptation; he also includes a personal defence of his films. The final section is devoted entirely to the film-maker Jean Renoir. The Taste for Beauty will be appreciated by students and critics of film, as well as those who love French cinema in general.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the American edition                   vii
William Rothman
Foreword to the French edition xi
Jean Narboni
The critical years: interview with Eric Rohmer 1 (18)
Jean Narboni
I The classical age of cinema 19 (74)
Cinema, the art of space 19 (10)
For a talking cinema 29 (4)
The romance is gone 33 (6)
Reflectios on color 39 (1)
The classical age of film 40 (3)
Such vanity is painting 43 (10)
Isou or Things as they are (views of the 53 (5)
Of three films and a certain school 58 (9)
Of taste and colors 67 (3)
The taste for beauty 70 (10)
Letter to a critic [concerning my Contes 80 (4)
moraux (Moral Tales)]
Film and the three levels of discourse: 84 (9)
indirect, direct, and hyperdirect
II For an impure cinema 93 (31)
Andre Bazin's ``summa'' 93 (12)
Lesson of a failure 105(6)
Moby Dick
John Huston
Explanation of a vote: South Pacific 111(4)
Joshua Logan
Faith and mountains: Les Etoiles de midi 115(4)
Marcel Ichac
The photogenics of sports: the Olympics in 119(5)
III The politique des auteurs (1950-1958) 124(49)
Stromboli 124(4)
Roberto Rossellini
The Big Sky 128(3)
Howard Hawks
Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Mystery of Picasso 131(4)
Skimming Picasso
A twentieth-century tale: Orson Welles's Mr. 135(5)
Arkadin/Confidential Report
Bigger Than Life 140(6)
Nicholas Ray
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz 146(2)
(Ensayo de un crimen)
Luis Bunuel
The art of caricature: Frank Tashlin's Will 148(4)
Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
The quintessence of the genre: George Cukor's 152(4)
Les Girls
Politics against destiny: Joseph L. 156(7)
Mankiewicz's The Quiet American
Ingmar Bergman's Dreams (Kvinnodrom) 163(4)
Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo 167(6)
IV Jean Renoir 173(27)
The American Renoir 173(8)
Paris Does Strange Things (Elena et les 181(5)
hommes): Venus and the apes
Renoir's youth 186(7)
The Little Theater of Jean Renoir (Le Petit 193(7)
Theatre de Jean Renoir)
Filmography for Eric Rohmer 200(9)
Name index 209(6)
Title index 215