- Category : Writers-Critic
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (5,29,34)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 1
French film theorist, one of cinema's most important and influential thinkers. He published no full scale treatment of film theory, but his views were found scattered throughout journals. Initially studying for a teaching position, he was refused a post due to a stammer. During WW II he founded a cinema club where he showed politically banned films in defiance of the German Occupation. After the war, he became a film critic for "Le Parisien Libere" as well as contributing articles to other publications. In 1947 he started a film periodical and from 1951 he joined with a partner and started a most influential film publication, "Les Cahiers du Cinema." Bazin's theoretical writings and support greatly influenced the direction of the French, "New Wave." His articles were finally collected into four-volumes entitled "What is Cinema?," 1958-1962.
Died on 11/11/1958, Paris.