David Swanson

A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema

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Emilie Bickerton, Verso, £12.99

The influential French film journal Cahiers du Cinéma effectively invented serious film criticism when it started in the 1950s.

It was intimately connected with the French New Wave of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut who wrote for it before going on to make their own films. It embraced May 1968 in France, became explicitly Marxist, and for a period was home to debates on art and revolution by film makers and critics with an intensity rarely seen since the Russian Revolution.

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