András Bálint Kovács

in Screening Modernism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226451633
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226451664 | DOI:

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In the 1960s, cinema found itself in a distinguished cultural position within Western culture, with filmmakers able to consider themselves the eminent representatives of contemporary Western culture. During the 1970s and 1980s, however, cinephiles, critics, and filmmakers observed with growing embarrassment the decline of modern cinema, the disappearance of the modernist inspiration, and the reemergence of the classical or “academic” forms in art cinema. But the 1990s made it clear that not only was cinema as an institution still alive even in the face of the onslaught of audiovisual home entertainment, but art cinema as a distinct category within the European film industries became stronger and more institutionalized than in the past. This book proposes a historical taxonomy of various trends within late modern cinema in Europe covering the period from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. It also discusses the emergence of the notion of auteurship in modern cinema as well as the variations of modernist forms as characterizing different geographical regions, cultures, countries, or individual auteurs.

Keywords: modern cinema; art cinema; Europe; auteurship; auteurs; culture; modernism

Chapter.  1407 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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