ANDRE BAZIN THE EVOLUTION OF THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA PDF

Though the beauty and the passion with which he writes about the art of Cinema is inspiring, I found his main argument overreaching and even disappointing. However, realism is more obscurely defined and a further discussion of what Bazin might mean by realism. To be sure, these movie makers have some similarities but it is questionable in what way the films the earlier films are a step towards realism. He has one simple rule for direction. Take a close look at the world and it will lay bare for you all its cruelty and ugliness.

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Though the beauty and the passion with which he writes about the art of Cinema is inspiring, I found his main argument overreaching and even disappointing.

However, realism is more obscurely defined and a further discussion of what Bazin might mean by realism. To be sure, these movie makers have some similarities but it is questionable in what way the films the earlier films are a step towards realism.

He has one simple rule for direction. Take a close look at the world and it will lay bare for you all its cruelty and ugliness. This sounds more like pessimism than realism. And in Greed the continuity of time and space does not seem peculiarly out of the ordinary for many a film of the time. In that sense we can say that these unities do increase the realism of the film.

Though Bazin makes some gorgeous observations in his essay, too many of his central points feel like somewhat of a stretch. It is more sensible to accept the common view that the transition from silent film to sound was a huge break through. It influenced the acting and the plastics of the image and most of all montage. To show a hungry man in the silent era we had to show an actor, then a plate of food. We certainly get the impression that Renoir and Bresson were influenced by the above mentioned directors but that was just another stylistic element which they introduced into their films.

I am aware that Bazin makes many more arguments that I have not dealt with herein. But I believe that I have dealt with the central points of his argument. And in granting the centrality that Bazin does, he is overreaching. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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The Evolution of the Language of Cinema

Bazin, Andre. This article explores the evolution of cinema, editing techniques, namely montage vs deep focus long shots through the transition of silent cinema into talkies. Bazin highlights two opposing trends within cinema of the oss. Montage by attraction — reenforcing the meaning of one image by association with another image not necessarily part of the same episode. Bazin explores the cinematic language that emerged between — , largely driven by the american hollywood system which consisted of major film types:. The three contributing factors to the classical perfection were 1.

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