Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film

Drawing on a broad range of examples, including Soviet montage, Italian neorealism, postwar new waves and the 'new cinema' of Taiwan and Iran, this book explores the cultural significance of modernism and its lasting influence over cinema.

Author: Howard Finn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350242579

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 238

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Cinema was the most important new artistic medium of the twentieth century and modernism was the most important new aesthetic movement across the arts in the twentieth century. However, what exactly is the relationship between cinema and modernism? Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film explores how in the early twentieth century cinema came to be seen as one of the new technologies which epitomised modernity and how cinema itself reflected ideas, hopes and fears concerning modern life. Howard Finn examines the emergence of a new 'international style' of cinema, combining a poetic aesthetic of the image with genre-based fictional narrative and documentary realism. He provides concise accounts of how theorists such as André Bazin, Siegfried Kracauer, Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Rancière have discussed this cinematic aesthetic, clarifying debates over terms such as 'realism', 'classical' and 'avant-garde' as well as recent controversies over terms such as 'slow cinema' and 'vernacular modernism'. He further argues the influence of modernism through close readings of many contemporary films, including films by Abbas Kiarostami, Béla Tarr, Jia Zhangke, and Angela Schanelec. Drawing on a broad range of examples, including Soviet montage, Italian neorealism, postwar new waves and the 'new cinema' of Taiwan and Iran, this book explores the cultural significance of modernism and its lasting influence over cinema.

Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film

The origins of this strand of postwar film were theorized, at the time its emergence (in the 1940s and 1950s) by André Bazin and Siegfried Kracauer in terms of a new self-consciously modern cinema and as a combining of genre-based ...

Author: Howard Finn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350242586

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 337

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Cinema was the most important new artistic medium of the twentieth century and modernism was the most important new aesthetic movement across the arts in the twentieth century. However, what exactly is the relationship between cinema and modernism? Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film explores how in the early twentieth century cinema came to be seen as one of the new technologies which epitomised modernity and how cinema itself reflected ideas, hopes and fears concerning modern life. Howard Finn examines the emergence of a new 'international style' of cinema, combining a poetic aesthetic of the image with genre-based fictional narrative and documentary realism. He provides concise accounts of how theorists such as André Bazin, Siegfried Kracauer, Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Rancière have discussed this cinematic aesthetic, clarifying debates over terms such as 'realism', 'classical' and 'avant-garde' as well as recent controversies over terms such as 'slow cinema' and 'vernacular modernism'. He further argues the influence of modernism through close readings of many contemporary films, including films by Abbas Kiarostami, Béla Tarr, Jia Zhangke, and Angela Schanelec. Drawing on a broad range of examples, including Soviet montage, Italian neorealism, postwar new waves and the 'new cinema' of Taiwan and Iran, this book explores the cultural significance of modernism and its lasting influence over cinema.

Cinema and Modernity

This book discusses the complex relation between modernity and cinema drawing particularly upon the European and American cinema during the second half of the twentieth century.

Author: John Orr

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745611869

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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This book discusses the complex relation between modernity and cinema drawing particularly upon the European and American cinema during the second half of the twentieth century. Orr attempts to rethink the relation of film-making to the contemporary world challenging many of the critical complacencies of post-modernism and offering a fresh perspective upon the development of the modern cinema.

Cinema by Design

Cinema by Design traces Art Nouveau's long history in films from various decades and global locales, appreciating the movement's enduring avant-garde aesthetics.

Author: Lucy Fischer

Publisher: Film and Culture Series

ISBN: 0231175035

Category: Art and motion pictures

Page: 265

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Cinema by Design traces Art Nouveau's long history in films from various decades and global locales, appreciating the movement's enduring avant-garde aesthetics. Lucy Fischer explains why an art movement embedded in modernist sensibilities can flourish in contemporary film through its visions of nature, gender, sexuality, and the exotic.

The Crisis of Political Modernism

Rodowick is particularly good at showing both the political stakes of these influential theories and their blind spots."—Constance Penley, University of California, Santa Barbara

Author: D. N. Rodowick

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520087712

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 343

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"Gives a superb critical and polemical overview of the '70s film theory. Rodowick is particularly good at showing both the political stakes of these influential theories and their blind spots."—Constance Penley, University of California, Santa Barbara

Alexander Kluge Cinema Impure An Eclectic Modernist Style

Peter Lutze provides in-depth analysis of Kluge's films and television work but also devotes attention to his political work.

Author: Peter C. Lutze

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814326560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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Through his films and theoretical writings, and as a television producer, teacher, political lobbyist, lawyer, and public spokesman, Alexander Kluge has played a substantial role in creating the New German Cinema, as well as in German cultural politics. Since 1961 Kluge has produced almost thirty films and hundreds of television programs, written four volumes of fiction, coauthored three major works of sociocultural theory, and won almost every major literary and film prize in Germany. Peter Lutze provides in-depth analysis of Kluge's films and television work but also devotes attention to his political work. In raising issues that have become key questions in contemporary debates about modernism and postmodernism, Kluge's films and pronouncements demonstrate his modernist sensibility and an appropriation of modernist formal strategies for the purpose of the social critique.

Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms

Book on Chinese cinema and literature ldquo;Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reformswill be a first in its elaboration of the social and symbolic construction of Chinese Modernism, and I expect it to elicit a great deal of lively and ...

Author: Hsü-tung Chang

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822318466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 452

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Positioning Art Cinema

This book offers a unique analysis of how such processes work, including the broader cultural basis of the appeal of art cinema to particular audiences.

Author: Geoff King

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786725561

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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Art cinema occupies a space in the film landscape that is accorded a particular kind of value. From films that claim the status of harsh realism to others which embody aspects of the tradition of modernism or the poetic, art cinema encompasses a variety of work from across the globe. But how is art cinema positioned in the film marketplace, or by critics and in academic analysis? Exactly what kinds of cultural value are attributed to films of this type and how can this be explained? This book offers a unique analysis of how such processes work, including the broader cultural basis of the appeal of art cinema to particular audiences. Geoff King argues that there is no single definition of art cinema, but a number of distinct and recurrent tendencies are identified. At one end of the spectrum are films accorded the most 'heavyweight' status, offering the greatest challenges to viewers. Others mix aspects of art cinema with more accessible dimensions such as uses of popular genre frameworks and 'exploitation' elements involving explicit sex and violence. Including case studies of key figures such as Michael Haneke, Pedro Almodóvar and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, this is a crucial contribution to understanding both art cinema itself and the discourses through which its value is established.

The Cinema of Wim Wenders

This book serves as an introduction to the central concerns of his cinema while situation his work within German film history and the contemporary debates about postmodern film and media theory.

Author: Wim Wenders

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814325785

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

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The Cinema of Wim Wenders, the first anthology of scholarly work on Wenders, is a unique anthropology of source materials and selected critical essays on the films of Wim Wenders, a major filmmaker in the so-called New German Cinema movement. His work, probably more than that of any other European director, reflects the tension between the European auteur tradition and the increasing dominance of the American media industry. In both his filmmaking and his critical writing, he explores how the relationship between image and narrative manifests the basic opposition between these two film traditions. This book serves as an introduction to the central concerns of his cinema while situation his work within German film history and the contemporary debates about postmodern film and media theory.