Political Modernism, 1967–1975

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:
Political Modernism, 1967–1975

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There are four important interrelated but quite distinct points that shaped the basic trends of the post-1967 period of modern cinema in Europe. First, cinema has to reconstruct the concept of reality. Second, cinema can be used as a means of direct political action, and films should exercise a direct impact on social, political, or ideological debates. Third, cinematic narration is a form of direct auteurial and conceptual discourse. And fourth, the artist must create a self-contained ideological or mythological universe. This chapter, which examines the trends of the period of political modernism between 1965 and 1975, looks at counter-cinema and discusses political modernism in Teorema (1968), an Italian-language movie directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It also considers the use of folklore or mythology in a film's visual style of narrative and analyzes Yugoslav director Dusan Makavejev's Sweet Movie (1974).

Keywords: modern cinema; Europe; political modernism; reality; political action; narration; counter-cinema; Teorema; mythology; Sweet Movie

Chapter.  14343 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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