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A Short History of Cahiers Du Cinema

Cahiers du Cinema was the single most influential project in the history of film. Founded in 1951, it was responsible for establishing film as the 'seventh art,' equal to literature, painting or music, and it revolutionized film-making and writing. Its contributors would put their words into action: the likes of Godard, Truffaut, Rivette, Rohmer were to become some of the greatest directors of the age, their films part of the internationally celebrated nouvelle vague. In this authoritative new history, Emilie Bickerton explores the evolution and impact of Cahiers du Cinema, from its early years, to its late-sixties radicalization, its internationalization, and its response to the television age of the seventies and eighties. Showing how the story of Cahiers continues to resonate with critics, practitioners and the film-going public, A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema is a testimony to the extraordinary legacy and archive these 'collected pages of a notebook' have provided for the world of cinema.
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EMILIE BICKERTON is a journalist and critic based in Paris. She is also on the editorial board of New Left Review.


"Compelling - a reminder that contemporary film criticism could do with being more unapologetically clever - more ingenious, more argumentative, more French." London Review of Books "The French New Wave directors all came from Cahiers du Cinema, a magazine that turned film criticism upside down in the 1950s. The salvoes of its sagacity are finely charted by Bickerton, who also laments the recent slide into dumbed-down mediocrity." Nigel Andrews, Financial Times Books of the Year "Valuable and highly informative." Philip French, Observer "Has many of the ingredients of a good thriller... Emilie Bickerton's alert prose manages to convey the drama and passionate confrontation of ideas, and she shows a keen eye for revealing detail." Times Literary Supplement "What I love is Bickerton's certainty and courage... Bickerton does a well-told, thoroughly researched job." Nick James, Sight & Sound

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