By André Bazin
André Bazin’s writings on cinema are one of the so much influential reflections at the medium ever written. in spite of this, his serious pursuits ranged broadly and encompassed the “new media” of the Fifties, together with tv, 3D movie, Cinerama, and CinemaScope. Fifty-seven of his studies and essays addressing those new technologies—their inventive strength, social effect, and courting to present paintings forms—have been translated right here for the 1st time in English with notes and an creation by way of major Bazin authority Dudley Andrew. those essays exhibit Bazin’s astute method of a number of visible media and the relevance of his severe notion to our personal period of latest media. an exhilarating spouse to the fundamental what's Cinema? volumes, André Bazin’s New Media is superb for school room use and important for someone attracted to the heritage of media.
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