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on 8 July 2012
This book is an excellent view on the extraordinary work of one of the best directors ever - Orson Welles. Written by the legends of the French New Wave - Francois Truffaut, Jean Cocteau and, primarily, Andre Bazin, this remarkable work explains the style and the reasons beyond the individual choices of Welles's films. The way the book is written reflects the highly sophisticated thoughts of the authors, as well as the philosophy of Welles's himself. I agree that it is not always easy to grasp some philosophical reflections as quickly as the contemporary reader might wish - thus some readers might struggle with it, and consequently evaluate this work in a negative way. But it only depends on the level of academic reading skills and the will to perceive things from different perspective than we usually do today. Only after such approach, one is able to gain a really deeper understanding of Orson Welles. As Andre Bazin, himself, stated: "Indeed, as in the novel, it isn't only the dialogue, the descriptive clarity...but the style imparted to the language which creates meaning." (A. Bazin, quoted by F. Truffaut in the preface of 'Orson Welles: A Critical View')
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on 13 August 2010
Despite being a classic, these are superfluous texts nowadays. They don't add anything and their souces are vague (because of the "distance" France-US at the time).
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