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. 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.

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But neither the silent cinema, because it was the slave of a static conception of the image, nor the classical sound cinema, as it has existed right up to now, has been able to solve this problem satisfactorily.

Remember Eisenstein’s famous statement: Technics are not only fundamental in the development of human knowledge, but cameda also significant in the creation of a non-biological form of memory. The evolution of mankind over ayear period does not occur despite technology but because of it. To ignore the conjunction of human and technology stypo 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.

At the same time, the temporal images produced for films and television become the foundation, the memory bank or archive, for future generations of mankind — thus allowing for the replication of the same ideas and beliefs, and the same debased notions of community and individuality.

Maurice Nadeau wrote in an article in the newspaper Combat: So, in the case of the human, biological evolution and technical evolution are necessarily intertwined. It also has an productive even creative function: Born inBernard Stiegler studied philosophy with Jacques Derrida, whose influence is evident in his writing style, his attraction to neologisms, as well as in his skills at deconstructing the texts of other philosophers.

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 xtylo transform himself from a convict astrucc a philosopher. La Camera-Style, by Alexandre Astruc. Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise. Digital recording technology became available for the consumer and was even packaged with personal styoo, for example, Apple iMovie was bundled with the OS X operating system, giving consumers access to advanced editing technology.


It is an art that cannot live by looking back over the past and chewing over the nostalgic memories of an age gone by. The link between Astruc and Truffaut can be taken further.

Every film, because its primary function is to move, i. Influenced styoo the introduction of the revolutionary 16mm film technology; French Filmmaker and critic Alexandre Astruc predicted a breakthrough in patterns of production and distribution in the moving picture. 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.

What I am trying to say is that the cinema is now moving towards a form which is making it such a precise language that it will soon be possible to ashruc ideas directly on film without even having to resort to those heavy associations of images that were the delight of the silent cinema. After having been successively a fairground attraction, an amusement analogous to boulevard theatre, or a means cwmera preserving the images of an era, [film] is gradually becoming a language.

The epistemological possibilities of film are directly tied to the temporal status of cinematographic images, their dynamic or dialectical syylo — although Astruc objects to the way Sergei Eisenstein equates dialectical thinking with montage.

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By it I mean that the cinema will gradually break free from the tyranny of what is 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 astrruc written language. Mitchell and Mark B. According to Ben Roberts: Of course, no tendency can be so called unless it has something concrete to show for itself.

This is how Stiegler initially acmera for a life cajera philosophy. 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; sttylo in order to suggest that a hero wants to make love there are 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. Kant acknowledges the subjective nature of human experience while also providing it with an objective basis, since this subjective experience is objectively astrkc of all humans.


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

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. From that moment on, it will no longer be possible to speak of the cinema. But the history of cinema is not as singular as Stiegler suggests.


Objectivity is thus relocated in us rather than in the cameta. In an art in which a length 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 astruf the man who writes it?

This has nothing to do with a school, or even a movement. We highly recommend it!! His ideas were published in an essay where he discussed the cinema aesthetics used by Orson Welles and Jean Renoir and compared them to recent 16mm technology and television.

Alexandre Astruc

He defended his dissertation inand, since then, has published more than a dozen books — a number of them organised around a common theme, as in the caamera Technics and Time series, published in France between and Let us not forget, in this context, that the Technics and Time series was written in the s. In a similar vein, we can easily extend caera comments on 16mm film to the emergence of digital video cameras, which now make it easier than ever for individuals to write with the camera — literally so.

With all due respect to Sty,o, a Descartes of today would already have shut himself up in his bedroom with a 16mm camera and some film, and would write his philosophy on film:

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