The Cinema Hypothesis
Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond
Η The Cinema Hypothesis by Alain Bergala is an emblematic text on film education. The writer presents a thorough analysis of the prespectives and obstacles to a creative inclusion of cinema in school and in any other educational framework, denouncing its instrumental use and considering it a special art form which should only be handled as that. At the same time, he dec;lares his passionate love for cinema, the roots of which he tries to find in his childhood, in his first memories of the contact with the screen. He does not consider cinema as a factor of stability within the educational system, but as a necessary factor of turning upside down everyday life in school. He thus delivers a very interesting text, moving easily from more general theoretical approaches of cinema as an art to more tangible suggestions of how a film can be creatively analysed in the classroom or how the shooting should be organized in a school film workshop.
Alain Bergala has been an editor-in-chief for Cahiers du Cinéma and he has been responsible for the publications of Cahiers. He has written about Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rosselini, Ingmar Bergman, Abbas Kiarostami, Luis Bunuel and the act of creation in cinema. He has directed many fims in television and cinema and from 2000 to 2022 he was a film advisor at the Ministry of Education of France. He is a professor at Sorbonne Paris III and at Femis film school and has curated the exhibitions Erice-Kiarostami: Correspondences at Centre Pompidou and Brune Blonde and Pasolini Roma at the French Cinematheque
the book contains a preface by Alexander Horwath/Alejandro Bachmann and a conversation between Alejandro Bachmann and Alain Bergala, first published in the English edition of the book in the series FilmmuseumSynemaPublicationen (Vienna 2016, Volume 28).
Translation: Zoi-Artemis Athanasopoulou
Publisher: Olympia International Film Festival
Date of publication: December 2022
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