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"Richard Roud has brought to life a man as picturesque and as contradictory as a Dickens character... Thanks to Roud... a thick and well-kept-up curtain of mystery rises to reveal to us the founder of the Cinémathèque Française, a man who was both unassuming and extravagant, a fabulous man, an obsessed man, and man animated by an idée fixe, a haunted man." -- François Truffaut, from the Foreword
When Henri Langlois began collecting prints of films in the 1920s, most people -- even many in the film industry -- thought of movies as a cheap and disposable form of entertainment. Langlois recognized them as a priceless form of art and worthy of preservation. In 1935, he founded the Cinémathèque Française, the legendary film library and screening room in Paris which Jean Renoir described as "the church for movies" and Bernardo Bertolucci called "the best school of cinema in the world." Indeed, some of the world's most influential filmmakers -- including Godard, Resnais, Truffaut, Rivette, and Wenders -- learned their craft by watching the classic films Langlois devoted his life to saving from destruction and obscurity.
As Richard Roud reveals in this "affectionate, intriguing biography" (Times Literary Supplement), Langlois was a brilliant and temperamental man who could be, by turns, charming and maddening. Marvelously creative, Langlois was also so incredibly disorganized that, once the Cinémathèque became a government institution, he was dismissed as its director in 1968 by then Minister of Culture André Malraux, an action which caused Europe's eminent film personalities to protest in the street of Paris until he was reinstated. By the time of his death in 1977, Langlois's genius for rediscovering the cinema of the past (he championed the works of Abel Gance, Carl Dreyer, and Louis Feuillade when they were considered passé by his contemporaries and defended Howard Hawks against the disdain of American intellectuals) and his desire to share his discoveries with the world (at a time when other film archives refused to screen any of the films in their collection) had inspired a great and abiding love of cinema in a generation of filmgoers, leaving behind a legacy director Nicholas Ray considered "perhaps the most important individual effort ever accomplished in the history of the cinema."
About the Author:
Richard Roud was the director of the London Film Festival from 1960 to 1969 and the director of the New York Film Festival from its inauguration in 1963 until 1987. A film critic at the Manchester Guardian from 1963 to 1970, Roud is also the author of three books on individual directors(Max Ophuls, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean-Marie Straub) and editor of the two-volume Cinema: A Critical Dictionary. He died in Nîmes, France, in 1989.
Titolo: A Passion for Films: Henri Langlois and the ...
Casa editrice: Viking Adult
Data di pubblicazione: 1983
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1983. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st Edition.. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP70431442
Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1983. Condizione libro: Good. 1st Edition.. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP23715553
Descrizione libro Viking Adult. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Codice libro della libreria 2741429517
Descrizione libro Viking Press, 1983. Hardcover. Condizione libro: UsedGood. Hardcover; fading and shelf wear to exterior; otherwise contents in good condition with clean text, firm binding. Dust jacket, fading and edge wear. Includes bibliographical references and index. Size: 23 cm. Codice libro della libreria 60411
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Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1983. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Publisher: Viking PressDate of Publication: 1983Binding: hardcoverEdition: Condition: Very GoodDescription: Codice libro della libreria 26568
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Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1983. Condizione libro: Good. 1st Edition.. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP93568825
Descrizione libro Viking Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1983. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1st edition, 1st printing. light wear to dust jacket. price clipped. light wear to cloth spine. text is unmarked. binding crisp, tight. Codice libro della libreria 4418534
Descrizione libro Viking Adult. Condizione libro: Good. First edition copy. . Very Good dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria X08A-00447