By Jim Hillier

The Cahiers du Cin?ma has performed an immense function in developing movie thought and feedback as an important a part of the past due 20th century tradition. this is often the one resource the place Cahiers is sytematically represented in English.

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Although I'm not a Christian I think that we can find an explanation for all that in a short parable: he who would save his life loses it, and it is he who does not seek above all to save it who has every chance of winning. In other words, in the search for success there is already the seed of failure, while if you look for something new you begin to have a small chance of real success. The production system has a bad way of looking at things, which is to imagine that because a success has been achieved it's enough to reproduce the same climatic conditions to do it all over again; while the real wisdom would be to say, 'Ali Baba was successful, well I'm going to do something different now,' and not, 'Ali Baba was successful, now I'm going to make Son of Ali Baba,' [.

Ffaire est dans le sac twenty-five years ago everybody could take it as a joke. He's been copied a hundred times over fifteen years and the general spirit of French cinema was his creation. The problem, apart from questions of markets or distributors, is knowing whether we are currently witnessing the birth of a new 32 'Six Characters in Search of auteurs' tendency which in fifteen years' time may be the normal trend in the cinema. Bazin: I agree with Leenhardt. However, I feel I should point out that the essential characteristic of American cinema is that unexceptional films, those commercial films which are its principal ingredient, are precisely genre films.

2. 29 Jacques Rivette, 'Du cote de chez Antoine', Cahiers 95, May 1959. Cf. interview with Rossellini (conducted, precisely, by Hoveyda and Rivette) in Cahiers 94, April 1959, translated in this volume (Ch. 28): 'Things are there ... ' 30 Andre Bazin died on 11 November 1958; a special issue of Cahiers, no. 91, most of it devoted to Bazin, was published in January 1959. 27 1 Fran<;ois Truffaut: 'The Rogues are Weary' ('Les Truands sont fatigues', Cahiers du Cinema 34, April 1954) There are no theories in circulation about Jacques Becker, no scholarly analyses, no theses.

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