Staff of cult French film magazine 'Cahiers du cinema' quit en masse

AFP Paris Feb 28, 2020, 07.23 AM(IST)

Martin Scorsese on the cover of famous French film magazine Cahiers du cinema Photograph:( Twitter )

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The monthly which once employed legends like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut before they went on to change cinema history, was sold earlier this month to a group of film producers and tech tycoons.

The entire journalistic staff of the 'Cahiers du cinema' -- the film magazine that launched the French New Wave -- have resigned from the influential title.

The monthly which once employed legends like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut before they went on to change cinema history, was sold earlier this month to a group of film producers and tech tycoons.

But its 15 staff writers and editors said the new owners posed a danger to the magazine's cherished independence.

"The new shareholders include eight producers who create a conflict of interest for a critical publication," the journalists said in a statement.

"Whatever articles are published, there would be a suspicion of interference," they added.

They are also unhappy that the new owners want to turn the often earnest review into a more relaxed and "fashionable" read.

"Les Cahiers has always been engaged, taking clear positions," the statement added. 

The magazine's new management has yet to respond to the mass resignation.