For a generation of film fans in the 60′s and 70′s the movies became something more than entertainment. We were intrigued with Andrew Sarris’ auteur theory and waited in anticipation for Pauline Kael’s pithy, colorful, often-cantankerous reviews. We went en masse to new movies coming from Europe. Film was serious business and for many Andre Bazin’s essay collection What is Cinema was revelatory and affirmed our belief in film as art.
Now filmmaker, writer, and producer and Chuck Workman has created a film called What is Cinema?Naming a film after the seminal Bazin text is a risky challenge, but Workman redeems himself. He is experienced at assembling archival clips and interviews, and has created a number of montage sequences for the Academy Awards over the years. His short film Precious Images, created for the Director’s Guild of America in 1985, consisted of dozens of classic Hollywood clips and won the Academy Award for Best Live Action short film the following year.
Unlike his short commercial work for the Academy, however, this film . . . Read more or link below