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From Cahiers to Screen A history of film magazines (part 5)
From Cahiers to Screen A history of film magazines (part 5). By Richard Armstrong
In Part 3 of this survey we saw how the Paris-based journal Cahiers du cinma spawned auteurism, a methodology arising from the conviction that the director is the creative force behind a film and that films are effectively interpreted via a consideration of the director’s personality and predilections. We have seen auteurism sweep over Anglo-American film literature during the 1960s and ‘70s. But even as the wind from Paris was bringing articles on this or that oeuvre to the pages of Film Quarterly, Take One and Sight and Sound, as well as providing the theoretical impetus for the New Hollywood efflorescence, French thinking on the cinema was changing in response to events inside France. Its impact would be felt initially in the pages of the British magazine Screen.