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Introduction

Ian Aitken

in Realist Film Theory and Cinema

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780719070006
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070006.003.0008
Introduction

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This chapter explores two traditions of realist film theory and cinema, namely, ‘intuitionist realist tradition’ and the ‘nineteenth-century Lukácsian tradition’. It examines the rejection of the supposed distinction between a phenomenological and a realist Kracauer, arguing that phenomenology and realism can be discerned within both Kracauer's early and late writings, as part of a sustained critique of mainstream cinema as a force for both the reinforcement of abstraction and dominant ideology, and the liberation of the subject. Realist film theory and cinema attempt to reconnect some gaps, in particular, those that have emerged between categories such as ‘realism’, ‘anti-realism’ and ‘modernism’. The chapter focuses on the substantive assessment of the shared ideas that link the three main theorists within the classical intuitionist realist tradition and of the relationship between realist film theory and relevant aspects of contemporary film theory.

Keywords: realist film theory; cinema; intuitionist realist tradition; Lukácsian tradition; realism; anti-realism; contemporary film theory

Chapter.  2452 words. 

Subjects: Film

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