Orson Welles André Bazin - Essay

André Bazin

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


There is little doubt that even if he had directed only Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, Welles would have a major position in the history of the cinema. It is not to diminish the importance of his later films if I assert that, at least on a formal level, the essence of what Welles brought to the cinema is already present in his first two films.

Analysis and reflection reveal, above all, a stylistic unity. Within the context of Welles' filmography, these two works constitute a vast aesthetic land mass whose geology and relief justify simultaneous study.

Let us take up their orientation first. Kane and Ambersons...

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