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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.
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