Serge Daney: film, theory and philosophy

Dowd, Garin ORCID: (2009) Serge Daney: film, theory and philosophy. In: Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers. Acumen Press, London, UK, pp. 122-133. ISBN 9781844651856

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Serge Daney is widely recognised in his homeland as the most important French film critic after André Bazin. In a career devoted to criticism for Cahiers du cinéma and later Libération (where his remit widened to include other forms of journalism), including a key period as editor during the transition from the journal’s PCF and then Maoist phase beginning in 1973, Daney also held a lecturing position for a spell at the University of Paris, Paris III, La Censure. He was a significant public intellectual and featured in several documentaries, including Claire Denis’ film Jacques Rivette – Le veilleur ([Jacques Rivette – The Night Watchman] 1990). From 1985 to 1990 Daney presented a programme on cinema on the radio station France Culture. Following the publication of a book on Haitian politics in 1973 under the assumed name Raymond Sapène, Daney’s journalism was collected in several volumes. He left Libération in 1981 to establish Trafic, a journal which, since his death from Aids in 1992, has continued his legacy. The only book-length English translation of Daney’s writings to date – Postcards from the Cinema (2007) – is of the posthumously published Persévérances.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a pre-publication author’s version of an essay which appears in its final form in Felicity Colman (ed.) Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers (London: Acumen Press, 2009)
Subjects: Film and television
Depositing User: Garin Dowd
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 14:42
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:22

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