By Andre Bazin, Bert Cardullo
Bazin's impression on movie artwork, as theorist and critic, is taken into account to be more than that of any unmarried director, actor, or manufacturer. he's credited with nearly single-handedly setting up the research of movie as an permitted highbrow pursuit, in addition to with being the religious father of the French New Wave. Bazin at Work is the 1st English choice of disparate Bazin writings because the visual appeal of the second one quantity of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It comprises paintings from Cahiers le cinema (which he based and that's the main influential unmarried serious periodical within the background of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers together with Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra and recognized motion pictures together with La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge at the River Kwai.
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What actor would not dream of being able to play a scene, immobile on a chair, in front of 5,000 view ers who don’t miss the slightest movement of an eye? What theater direc tor would not want the spectator in the worst seat at the back of the house to be able to see clearly the movements of his actors, and to read with ease his intentions at any moment in the action? Wyler didn’t choose to do anything other than realize on film the essence of a theatrical mise en sem e that would not use the lights and the set to ornament the actor and the text.
But I still have to demonstrate this. In the article from which I quoted above, Wyler did not hide the con fidence he had in Toland to compose shots on the set. What is more, he confirmed this in person to me, and it is easy to believe him when we care fully examine the shots. The happy collaboration of the two men on this film, which would be exceptional in a French studio, can be accounted for by the fact that they had already made six films together. Consequently, since he relied on his cameraman’s judgment and on their artistic concur rence, Wyler did not use a shooting script.
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