'Are you Afraid of the Cinema?': Du Cinéma and the Changing Question of Cinephilia and the Avant-Garde (1928-1930)

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Jennifer J. Wild

Abstract

This essay considers José Corti’s early issues of Du Cinéma as part of an historical avant-garde complex that, in tandem with literary experiments, shaped another historical approach to early cinema criticism and theory by looking beyond cinephilia as a structuring paradigm. Identifying fear, rather than love, as a powerful avant-garde discourse, I suggest that Du Cinéma and especially the avant-garde writer André Delons forwarded a negative dialectical approach to cinematic thought, inquiry, and research. By investigating the enquête or questionnaire as a central research method in this avant-garde tradition, I reorient our understanding of Du Cinema's claim to the cinema's mutability, and its ability to reveal the limits of knowledge.
Keywords:
cinema, cinephilia, cinephobia, Surrealism, Le Grand Jeu, André Delons, José Corti

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Wild, J. J. (2015). ’Are you Afraid of the Cinema?’: Du Cinéma and the Changing Question of Cinephilia and the Avant-Garde (1928-1930). AmeriQuests, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.15695/amqst.v12i1.4148
Author Biography

Jennifer J. Wild, The University of Chicago

Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures