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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges$
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Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474406550

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.001.0001

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Hail the Conquering Auteur Preston Sturges in La Revue du cinéma (1946–1949)

Hail the Conquering Auteur Preston Sturges in La Revue du cinéma (1946–1949)

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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges

Christian Viviani

, Leah Anderst
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the appeal of Preston Sturges’s movies among post-WWII French film critics. Focusing on La Revue du cinema (founded in 1946), it tries to understand why, after being hailed in France as one of the major filmmakers emerging in Hollywood in the 1940’s, Preston Sturges was nevertheless overlooked by the “auteur theory,” which was soon to bloom in Cahiers du cinema (founded in 1951). This chapter also deals with the appreciation of Preston Sturges’s works by André Bazin, a towering figure in post-war French film criticism, and in publications like Cahiers du cinema and Positif, including the recent rediscovery of his films.

Keywords:   La Revue du cinema, Cahiers du cinema, Positif, auteur theory, André Bazin, French film criticism

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