Bazin's impact on film art, as theorist and critic, is considered to be greater than that of any single director, actor, or producer. He is credited with almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as with being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. Bazin at Work is the first English collection of disparate Bazin writings since the appearance of the second volume of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It includes work from Cahiers le cinema (which he founded and which is the most influential single critical periodical in the history of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers including Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagl, and Capra and well-kwn films including La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Bert Cardullo is the film critic of The Hudson Review and Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has edited What Is Dramturgy? and Before His Eyes: Essays in Honor of Stanley Kauffmann.