Author Archive for: ‘Alain Masson’

Notes on Rhythm

The film lacks rhythm! It is often by virtue of its absence that rhythm gleams for an instant in the eyes of film critics. It is true that we tend to mistake it for that briskness which Cicero once made the essential quality of a narrative. But conciseness – the cinematic definition of which is no better known – can …

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Ridicule and Panic: On Blake Edwards

This article was originally published in the French monthly cinema journal Positif, no. 290, April 1985. It is published here with the kind permission of the author.   Translated from the French by Edith Nicolas, with thanks to Adrian Martin and Gabriel Stibio. In A Shot in the Dark (1964), a photograph of the President of the French Republic shaking …

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