Andre Bazin

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Andre Bazin is commonly regarded as the most important or influential writer on cinema since the end of World War II. An almost mythical figure in the history of film criticism, Bazin was an early advocate or defender of Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, Italian Neo-Realism and Charlie Chaplin’s post-Tramp films. He was a co-founder of the major French film review Cahiers du cinema, one of the most influential and long-lasting publications in the history of film-writing. Bazin and his wife Janine were a major influence on the life and career of critic and future film-maker Francois Truffaut. Truffautes first full-length feature, Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) was dedicated to André Bazin and was one of the films that launched what became known as the French “Nouvelle Vague” or “New Wave.” (


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