Sam Rohdie
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The notion of deconstruction is not exactly a taking apart of structures as it is the awareness that all structures contain within them their contrary and hence an instability. It was not that the French Nouvelle Vague critics dismantled classicism but that they perceived another system within it, another possibility, hence another cinema. Thus, classicism was not to be denounced, contested or displaced, but appreciated not simply for what was there, but what could be in what was there.

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