Modern Art Cinema: Style or Movement?

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:
Modern Art Cinema: Style or Movement?

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Modernism is not a particular style in the cinema; it is rather the impact of different modernist movements in the narrative art cinema, engendering different (modern) film styles. In film history, the notion of style is used in various contexts, but most often it refers to specific periods of a national film production and to the formal characteristics prevailing in the most important films of the given movement. It is also used to designate a systematic application of certain technical solutions, which can be a singular choice in a film of any period and any cultural context, such as the “soft lighting style,” the “long take style,” or the “deep focus style.” This chapter examines narrative, genres, visual style, and general compositional principles of modern cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, and provides examples from a corpus of 241 films in Europe during the period.

Keywords: modern cinema; art cinema; modernism; visual style; movement; Europe; films; narrative; genres

Chapter.  2049 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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