André S. Labarthe began his career as a film critic in the 1950s he met André Bazin, who is seeking to join the writing Cahiers du cinema in 19561. He discovered cinema without the overwhelming passion for the seventh art of Jacques Rivette François Truffaut that are already part of the review. His critical eye will only decide André Bazin to integrate into the team.
Discreet and secret member of the New Wave, alongside the margin, Labarthe is a solitary mind constantly open to the world, freely associating cinema to psychoanalysis, surrealism, dance, literature, eroticism .
His own vision for many will actually contribute to critical positions of Cahiers. Like his colleagues, André S. Labarthe share the same admiration for some directors like Jean Renoir, Howard Hawks and John Ford. It also remains very attentive to emerging cinema and participates in the promotion of the New Wave and the new American directors independent1 (John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke). The provisions in this regard will also bring to defend the young Italian cinema, sometimes against the advice of some of his colleagues.
In 1964, he began the series “Filmmakers of our time” he coproduced with Janine Bazin and he realized himself several épisodes1. This collection that spans over forty years consists of portraits of 52 minutes renowned filmmakers. The first episode, broadcast on the ORTF in 1964, is directed by Robert Valley and is dedicated to Luis André S. Labarthe Buñuel1 which is very committed and has done much to recognize in the criticism. The collection spreads through television, critical view of the Cahiers and further anchors his reading of cinematic history. […]