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The Taste for Beauty : Cambridge Studies in Film - Eric Rohmer

The Taste for Beauty

Cambridge Studies in Film

By: Eric Rohmer, William Rothman (Editor), Dudley Andrew (Editor), Carol Volk (Translator)

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1990
ISBN: 9780521385923
Number Of Pages: 236

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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.

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"...valuable additions to film scholarship..." Library Journal "Film scholarship is richly served in...The Taste for Beauty... Carol Volk's translation is notable for its lucid rendering of the subtleties of the French language." George L. George, American Cinematographer

Foreword to the American editionp. vii
Foreword to the French editionp. xi
The critical years: interview with Eric Rohmerp. 1
The classical age of cinemap. 19
Cinema, the art of spacep. 19
For a talking cinemap. 29
The romance is gonep. 33
Reflections on colorp. 39
The classical age of filmp. 40
Such vanity is paintingp. 43
Isou or Things as they are (views of the avant-garde)p. 53
Of three films and a certain schoolp. 58
Of taste and colorsp. 67
The taste for beautyp. 70
Letter to a critic [concerning my Contes moraux (Moral Tales)]p. 80
Film and the three levels of discourse: indirect, direct, and hyperdirectp. 84
For an impure cinemap. 93
Andre Bazin's "summa"p. 93
Lesson of a failure: Moby Dickp. 105
Explanation of a vote: South Pacificp. 111
Faith and mountains: Les Etoiles de midip. 115
The photogenics of sports: the Olympics in Romep. 119
The politique des auteurs (1950-1958)p. 124
Roberto Rossellini: Strombolip. 124
Howard Hawks: The Big Skyp. 128
Skimming Picasso: Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Mystery of Picassop. 131
A twentieth-century tale: Orson Welles's Mr. Arkadin/Confidential Reportp. 135
Nicholas Ray: Bigger Than Lifep. 140
Luis Bunuel: The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un crimen)p. 146
The art of caricature: Frank Tashlin's Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?p. 148
The quintessence of the genre: George Cukor's Les Girls Politics against destiny: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Thep. 152
Quiet Americanp. 156
Ingmar Bergman's Dreams (Kvinnodrom)p. 163
Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigop. 167
Jean Renoirp. 173
The American Renoirp. 173
Paris Does Strange Things (Elena et les hommes): Venus and the apesp. 181
Renoir's youthp. 186
The Little Theater of Jean Renoir (Le Petit Theatre de Jean Renoir)p. 193
Filmography for Eric Rohmerp. 200
Name indexp. 209
Title indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780521385923
ISBN-10: 052138592X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Film
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 3rd September 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.27  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.33

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