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Theatrical Styles

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226451664.003.0011
Theatrical Styles

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Theater was one of the main inspirations of late modern cinema, and it served as a characteristic stylistic background in many modern films. Historically, the close interaction between modern theater and cinema is also explained by the parallel activities of many modernist directors, from Andrzej Wajda and Ingmar Bergman to Peter Brook, Tony Richardson, Jean-Marie Straub, Marguerite Duras, and Armand Gatti as well as Jacques Rivette Agnès Varda, Alain Resnais, and Jean-Luc Godard. There are two general characteristics of theatrical style in modern cinema. One is the excessively unnatural, exaggerated, abstract way of acting that emphasized artificiality rather than psychological realism. The other is the artificial look of the sets as well as artificial, expressive lighting.

Keywords: theater; theatrical style; modern cinema; artificiality; psychological realism; lighting; sets

Chapter.  4405 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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