The Nouvelle Vague rehabilitates the french avant-gard directors of the silent era: Louis Delluc, Germaine Dulac, Jean Epstein and Marcel L’Herbier. Large extracts, interviews and reactions of cineasts and critics of the 60’s.
Noël Burch (born 1932) is an American, who moved to France at a young age. He later became a film critic famous for his contribution of commonly used terms by film scholars (such as Institutional Mode of Representation (IMR)) and for his theories compiled in books such as Theory of Film Practice or La lucarne de L’Infini.
Burch’s major contribution to the history of film criticism isn’t his definition of classical Hollywood film tropes, which had already been done, but rather his focus on early cinema. There, he identified a set of film styles that he would identify as the “Primitive Mode of Representation (PMR).” In doing so, he found what he thought was a “purer” cinema, one untainted by what he considered bourgeois ideology.
Whether his ideology informed his understanding of film style, or vice versa, his Theory Of Film Practice is one of the key works in the canon of Western film criticism.
In the foreword to the 1980 edition of Theory Of Film Practice, Burch… read more