André Bazin

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Born April 18, 1918(1918-04-18)
Angers, France
Died November 11, 1958(1958-11-11) (aged 40)
Nogent-sur-Marne, France

André Bazin (18 April 1918 – 11 November 1958) was a French film critic and film theorist. Bazin started to write about film in 1943 and was a co-founder of the renowned film magazine Cahiers du cinéma (1951).


(in French unles noted)

  • Qu'est-ce que le cinéma?, 4 vols., Cerf, 1958-62 (I: Ontologie et langage; II: Le cinéma et les autres arts; III: Cinéma et sociologie; IV: Une esthétique de la Réalité: le néo-réalisme); new ed., Cerf, 2003.
    • What is Cinema?, 2 vol., trans. Hugh Gray, University of California Press, 1967; 2005, IA/I, IA/II. (English)
  • Jean Renoir, avant-propos de Jean Renoir, Champ libre, 1971.
    • Jean Renoir, trans. W. W. Halsey II and William H. Simon, London & New York: W.H. Allen, 1974. Log (English)
  • Orson Welles, Cerf, 1972.
    • Orson Welles: a critical view, New York: Harper & Row, 1978. (English)
    • Orson Welles, trans. André Telles, Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar, 2005; 2006, PDF. (Brazilian Portuguese)


  • Dudley Andrew, What Cinema Is! Bazin’s Quest and its Charge, Blackwell Manifestos, 2010, IA. (English)
  • Bert Cardullo (ed.), André Bazin and Italian Neorealism, London: Continuum, 2011, IA. (English)
  • Dudley Andrew, Hervé Joubert-Laurencin (eds.), Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife, Oxford University Press, 2011, IA. (English)
  • Mark Durden (ed.), Fifty Key Writers on Photography, Routledge, 2013. (English)