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Alexandre Astruc

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Alexandre Astruc is one of the great film theorists; he was also a filmmaker. Unfortunately, but for one exception, his films fell short of his own critical ideals. One of his strongest arguments was for the idea of la caméra-stylo in which the camera is seen as a pen with its own unique language and that the images themselves add nuance and develop the narrative as much as the dialog does. According to Astruc in his article "The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La caméra-stylo," camera movements "relate objects to objects and characters to objects. All thought, like all feeling, is a relationship between one human being and another human being...." Astruc started his film career in 1947 as an assistant to Marc Allegret on the film Blanche Fury. He spent the next two years working on two amateur films, and collaborating on two scripts with Archad. He made his professional directorial debut in 1949. The films he made were highly academic representations of his theories with an overattentiveness to style that frequently resulted in their having a cool abstract quality devoid of real human feeling or drama. His one notable exception is his film Une Vie (195, an adaptation of Maupassant that was exquisitely photographed by Claude Renoir.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet La proie pour l'ombre (Shadows of Adultery)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2010
No Score Yet Âmes fortes, Les, (Savage Souls)
  • Screenwriter
2002
No Score Yet Sartre Par Lui-meme
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Adriatic Sea Of Fire
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet L' Éducation Sentimentale (Sentimental Education) (Lessons in Love)
  • Director
1962
No Score Yet Une Vie (End of Desire) (One Life)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1958
No Score Yet Les Mauvaises Rencontres (Bad Liaisons)
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet La Putain Respectueuse (The Respectful Prostitute)
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Le rideau cramoisi (The Crimson Curtain)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1951

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