Ricciotto Canudo

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Ricciotto Canudo (2 January 1877 – 10 November 1923) was an early Italian film theoretician who lived primarily in France. He saw cinema as "plastic art in motion". He gave cinema the label "the Seventh Art", which is still current in French and Spanish, among others.

Publications[edit]

(in French unless noted)

Editor
Works on aesthetics
  • Psychologie musicale des civilisations. Le livre de l'évolution. L'Homme, Paris: Edward Sansot et Cie, 1908.
  • "Trionfo del Cinematografo", Nuova giornale, Florence, 25 Nov 1908; repr. in Giovanni Dotoli, Lo Scrittore totale: Saggi su Ricciotto Canudo, Fasano: Schema, 1986, pp 129-138. (Italian)
  • "Naissance d'un Sixième Art - Essai sur le Cinématographe", 1911.
    • "La nascita di una sesta arte", Cinema Nuovo 225 (Sep-Oct 1973), pp 361-371; repr. in Leggere il cinema, eds. Alberto Barbera and Roberto Turigliatto, Milan: Oscar Mondadori, 1978, pp 13-24. (Italian)
    • "The Birth of the Sixth Art", in French Film Theory and Criticism: A History/Anthology, 1907–1939, 1, ed. Richard Abel, Princeton University Press, 1988, pp 58-66. (English)
  • Hélène, Faust et nous: précis d'esthétique cérébriste, Paris: E. Sansot/R. Chiberre, 1920.
  • L'usine aux images, Geneva: Office central d'edition, 1927; repr., Paris: Séguier, 1995, 381 pp.
    • L'officina delle immagini, ed. Mario Verdone, trans. Riccardo Redi, Rome: Edizioni di Bianco e Nero, 1966, 307+32 pp. (Italian)
Bibliography
  • Bibliografia critica di Ricciotto Canudo, ed. Giovanni Dotoli, intro. Michel Décaudin, Fasano: Schena, 1983. (Italian)

Literature[edit]

  • Quaderni del Novecento Francese 3: "Canudo", Rome: Bulzoni, and Paris: Nizet, 1976. (Italian)
  • Giovanni Dotoli, Paris ville visage-du-monde chez Canudo et l’avant-garde italienne, Fasano: Schena, 1984. (Italian)
  • Giovanni Dotoli, Lo Scrittore totale: Saggi su Ricciotto Canudo, Fasano: Schena, 1986. (Italian) Review: Blumenkranz-Onimus (1989, FR).
  • Giovanni Dotoli, Nascita della modernità: Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Canudo, il viaggio dell’arte, Fasano: Schena, 1995. (Italian)
  • Giovanni Dotoli, Ricciotto Canudo ou le cinéma comme art, intro. Jean-Louis Leutrat, Fasano: Schena, and Paris: Didier Érudition, 1999.
  • Laurent Guido, L'Age du rythme. Cinéma, musicalité et culture du corps dans les théories françaises 1910-1930, Payot Lausanne, 2007; Paris, L’Age d’homme, 2014, 544 pp.
  • Paul Macovaz, "Ricciotto Canudo: Cinema Art Language", c2013. (English)

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