Amsterdam University Press
The Red Years of Cahiers du cinéma (1968-1973)
The Red Years of Cahiers du cinéma (1968-1973)
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"Daniel Fairfax's book is an impressive work that casts new light in the history of the most important French film journal, Cahiers du cinema. Thanks to exemplary archival work, Fairfax highlights some of the most fateful episodes of the 1960s and 1970s, and re-establishes the coherent yet complex trajectory of the journal, from its cinephilic beginnings to its conversion to militant politics. It is an exemplary study: the outcome of true dedication, astute critical sensibility and a great passion for film." - Francesco Casetti, Yale University

"During its 'red years,' the core editors and contributors to Cahiers du cinéma rethought cinema in ways that have had lasting influence not only for contemporary film studies, but also in the history of Marxist and psychoanalytic theory. Daniel Fairfax now re-engages this moment with theoretical acumen, historical recontextualization and detailed primary research. This is an extraordinarily comprehensive work that not only yields a tremendous amount of information and theoretical nuance, but also offers new ways of understanding Cahiers in its Marxist phase." - Philip Rosen, Brown University

Daniel Fairfax

The Red Years of Cahiers du cinéma (1968-1973)

The uprising which shook France in May 1968 also had a revolutionary effect on the country's most prominent film journal. Under editors Jean-Louis Comolli and Jean Narboni, Cahiers du cinéma embarked on a militant turn that would govern the journal's work over the next five years. With a Marxist orientation inspired by the thinking of Louis Althusser, Jacques Lacan and Roland Barthes, the "red years" of Cahiers du cinéma produced a theoretical outpouring that was formative for the establishment of film studies as an academic discipline in the 1970s, and is still of vital relevance for the contemporary audiovisual landscape. It was also the seminal experience for a generation of critics who have dedicated the following half-century to the task of critically responding to the cinema.

The Red Years of Cahiers du Cinéma (1968-1973) gives a historical overview of this period in the journal's history, combining biographical accounts of the critics who were involved with Cahiers in the post-1968 and theoretical explorations of the text they wrote.
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Daniel Fairfax

Daniel Fairfax is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and an editor of the online film journal Senses of Cinema ( His research specialises in French film theory in the post-1968 period.