Tuesday 14 April 2020

La fin des Cahiers

I found the last issue of Les Cahiers du Cinéma - this mythical film publication has been bought by a group of businessmen and producers who want to turn it into a 'chic and reader-pleasing' mag that would be more focused on French cinema, something which is at the opposite end of what the magazine has stood for since its first issue in the 1950's. As written in the March editorial: 
"The Cahiers du Cinéma have always disregarded chic and fake. Their motto and sanity is their virulence, when you know how fiercelessly they defend ideas, passions and convictions. The 'Cahiers du Cinéma' have always been open to the world. The staff has been paying even more attention to French cinema for the past 11 years, but it is problably not the 'right kind' of French cinema that they have supported."
And the last (and quite alarming) point is that les Cahiers du Cinéma will be approached as a brand and thus compelled to "create events around brands".
Now the whole staff have quit. There will be one more issue written and edited by them - for the month of April, then the chapter will be closed. Truly sad. The thought for instance of the name of Rothschild linked to Les Cahiers is as preposterous as having Saudi Arabia having a key role in the at the UN Human Rights panel. Preposterous, but it happened...

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