Cinema, Modernism, and Modernity

James Donald

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Cinema, Modernism, and Modernity

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This article examines the relation between modernism and cinema. It highlights the two most important aspects of this relationship. One is the way that a modernist aesthetic informed independent and avant-garde film making in the 1920s, and the other is a more sociological argument about the function of mainstream cinema in acculturating twentieth-century men and women to the increasing virtuality of modern life. The article also traces the origin of the modernist cinema, and discusses its nature and content.

Keywords: modernism; cinema; modernist aesthetic; film making; modern life

Article.  8681 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Film ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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