Postcards from the Cinema by Serge Daney

By Serge Daney

Postcards from the Cinema is the ebook Serge Daney, one of many maximum of movie critics, by no means wrote. it's established round an interview that used to be to be the place to begin for a e-book, a venture lower brief by way of Daney's loss of life. Postcards turns a historical past of cinema right into a profound meditation at the artwork and politics of movie. Daney's passionate and lucid engagement with movie, mixed along with his obstacle for journalistic readability, successfully created movie feedback as a style. both at domestic with the theories of Deleuze, Lacan and Debord as he was once with the movie-making of Bunuel, Godard and Ray, Daney used to be additionally keen on Jerry Lewis and Hitchcock. even as - and prior to his time - he championed the severe research of tv and different audio-visual media. Long-awaited, this is often the 1st book-length translation of Daney's paintings, testimony to a existence lived with a fierce love of movie.

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The first and only generation? ”) because it seemed a thing of the past, once and for all null and void. A mistake to be sure, but a mistake that didn’t stop us from living very well during the “30 glorious years,”9 but in quotation marks. ” “No poetry after Auschwitz” said Adorno, and then he went back over this now famous formula. “No fiction after Resnais” I could have echoed before abandoning this slightly excessive idea. “Protected” by the shockwave produced by the discovery of the camps, did we now believe humanity had fallen into the inhuman only once with no chance of it happening again?

My mother explained that he was in “Post-synchronization” and that he often dubbed for Albert Préjean in the Franco–German co-productions between the wars. He might have even had some small roles in films such as Christian-Jacque’s Premier bal, or Mam’zelle Nitouche. In any case, here too, my choice of cinema was inscribed in the legendary past of my father transformed by the desire of my mother. She never stopped churning out, in the exact same words, the official story of her happiness and my luck.

It’s amazing how we always know, but with a more or less unconscious knowledge, all there is to know. On the one hand, I wasn’t overly zealous: no investigation, no personal search for the father behind the wall of words, the fifty sentences of 43 the official story, to find out all that my mother hadn’t told me. And on the other hand, from a very young age, before even knowing that there was a “Jewish Question,” I had the feeling that those images, the ones in Nuit et Brouillard, were about me, that they watched me.

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