André Bazin’s Dark Passage
Internationally renowned cinema scholar Dudley Andrew examines Bazin’s philosophy of cinema that can be linked, on one side, to his association with actual philosophy (the existentialism rife in the Paris of 1946) and, on the other, to the films he was watching assiduously in these years, Italian Neorealism and Welles above all. Occasionally the films and the philosophy line up in a way the lets us peer into his own way of peering. Dark Passage (Daves, 1947) ought to be such a film.
Dudley Andrew is the R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University. Before moving to Yale in 2000, he taught for 30 years at the University of Iowa. He has published numerous books: a biography of André Bazin, What Cinema Is!, the edited volumes Opening Bazin and A Companion to Francois Truffaut, Film in the Aura of Art, Mists of Regret and Popular Front Paris, co-authored with Steven Ungar. He has been given a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. In 2011, he received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Achievement Award.