Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film: Aesthetics and Narrative in the International Art Film
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No. of pages:336 pages
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Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film

Aesthetics and Narrative in the International Art Film
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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 Ranci?re 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.
Table of Contents:
1.What is Modernism? What is Cinema?
2.Cinema and the Modernist Arts: The Cult of the Image
3.Cinematic Modernism in the Silent Film Era
4.Postwar Cinematic Modernism: From Neorealism to the New Wave
5.Postwar Cinematic Modernism: Critical Perspectives
6.The Return of Cinematic Modernism
7.Contemporary Cinematic Modernism: Currents and Controversies
8.Contemporary Cinematic Modernism: An International Style -
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