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The ‘Bazin Transformation’ or For a story of critical criticism

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Keywords
Triple Keywords
Criticism--Technique
Evaluation of literature
Literary criticism
Literature--Evaluation
Criticism
Thought and thinking
Thoughts
Thinking
Mind
Films
Feature films--History and criticism
Motion pictures
Moving-pictures
Cinema
Movies
Volition
Conation
Will
Ontology
Being
Identity
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Annals
History

Abstract

This text is an introduction to a future book, dedicated to a renewed study of the Brazilian discourse. It takes stock of the Bazinian exegesis, identifies its limits and proposes some methodological avenues to answer an unprecedented question: how did Bazin become Bazin? Not: how did the famous French criticism build, but rather: how has it moved from a criticism among others to the status of author of a system of thought? The challenge is to understand the ways in which recognition can emerge, assuming that it must be acceptable for the Brazilian discourse to be accepted. This acceptability can only be grasped through a wide-ranging study of film speeches in France between 1945 and 1948. In this way, the Bavarian discourse will appear less in its singularity (on the contrary, it is in some way deingulating it) than in its consensual dimension, as an aggregate of the paradoes of how to think about cinema in a given time and place. The text is therefore intended to establish a typology of cinema speeches in France at that time, in order to see how the Brazilian speech takes place systematically, better than others. In the end, he outlined the assumption that “Bazin” was the name of a rhetoric gathering together with the emergence of a new thinking, or what Foucault called a “transformation”.

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