Postcards from the Cinema is the book Serge Daney, one of the greatest of film critics, never wrote. It is based around an interview that was to be the starting point for a book, a project cut short by Daney's death. Postcards turns a history of cinema into a profound meditation on the art and politics of film.Daney's passionate and lucid engagement with film, combined with his concern for journalistic clarity, effectively created film criticism as a genre. Equally at home with the theories of Deleuze, Lacan and Debord as he was with the movie-making of Bunuel, Godard and Ray, Daney was also a fan of Jerry Lewis and Hitchcock. At the same time - and before his time - he championed the critical analysis of television and other audio-visual media.Long-awaited, this is the first book-length translation of Daney's work, testimony to a life lived with a fierce love of film.
Serge Daney was a writer and eventually editor-in-chief for the highly influential film journal Cahiers du cinema. He went on to write for the newspaper Liberation, and founded the film journal Trafic. Translated from the French by Paul Grant
Introduction by Paul Grant Preface 1. The Tracking Shot in Kapo 2. Cine-biography 3. Cinema and History 4. Travelling Cinephile 5. A Night in Ronda 6. Cinema Would be the Promise of the World 7. Cinema and Communism: In Defense of a Counter Society 8. Experience: From Cahiers to Liberation 9. Cinema and Television: Departure and Return 10. The Two Cinemas Notes