Georges Sadoul

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Sadoul, Georges


Born Feb. 4, 1904, in Nancy; died Oct. 13, 1967, in Paris. French motion-picture theoretician and critic. A Communist.

Sadoul took part in the Resistance Movement and collaborated on the underground newspaper Les Lettres françaises, for which he continued to work after World War II. His writings also appeared in L’Humanité and elsewhere. Sadoul was a professor at the Institute of Higher Cinematic Studies and the Institute of Filmology. He held the title of doctor of the Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, having defended his dissertation there in 1956.

Sadoul was the author of studies on the history of the cinema, including A General History of the Cinema (Russian translation, vols. 1–3, 6, 1958–63) and A History of the Art of Cinema (Russian translation, 1957).


Georges Méliès. Paris, 1961.
Louis Lumière. Paris, 1964.
Dictionnaire des films. Paris, 1965.
Dictionnaire des cinéastes. Paris, 1965.
Zhizn’ Charli, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1965. (Translated from French.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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El propio Georges Sadoul estuvo entre los protagonistas; sin embargo, treinta y cinco anos despues declaro que la protesta se dirigia realmente a Antonin Artaud, que habia sido expulsado del grupo por Andre Breton, y no contra la propia Germaine Dulac o la obra como tal, hasta el punto de afirmar que merecia ser reconocida entre las obras clasicas del cine surrealista [1].
In November of that same year, France's inveterate Marxist critic, Georges Sadoul, intervened in pages of Cinema Nuovo itself to express his personal opinion on Fellini.
Lebesque, Morvan, Pierre Marcabru, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer and Georges Sadoul. "Debat." Cahiers du Cinema 126 (December 1961), pp.
She makes clear that she is not writing a history of French sf, she does wish to broaden and even overturn some of the commonplaces established in the 1960s by pioneer scholars Pierre Jacques Versins, Jacques Van Herp, and Georges Sadoul which consistently adopt 1928, a date linked to Hugo Gernsback, as the beginning of sf history even in France (this, in spite, of course, of Jules Verne's status as a founding father).
Diamond skillfully highlights the destiny of thousands against the individual experience, drawing upon the diaries of Simone de Beauvoir, Raymond Dorgeles, Georges Sadoul, and others whose narratives are known for judicious reportage.
I also exclude the numerous histories of world cinema by Georges Sadoul, Jean Mitry, Jerzy Toeplitz, Ulrich Gregor, and Enno Patalas, as well as the new editions by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and Gian Piero Brunetta.
Sce Georges Sadoul, Le cinema francais (1895-1962) (Paris: Flainmarion.
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