What is French Impressionism – Definition and Examples

Film Movements in Cinema: French Impressionism The horrors and the atrocities of the First World War provided existential fodder for the rise of the French Impressionist movement, which focused on silent film and spanned a time period of approximately 1918 to 1930. The movement was unequivocally and unapologetically rooted in French nationalism. The production houses…

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Gareth Edwards: From ‘Monsters’ to ‘Rogue One’

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a breath of fresh air into the somewhat stale Star Wars franchise, especially after the painfully derivative, completely uninspired, by-the-numbers The Force Awakens. New characters took center stage, including yet another female protagonist,  and with some support from some legacy characters including Darth Vader and CGI versions of Grand Moff…

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Soviet Montage: Film Movements in Cinema

Everyone who has ever seen a movie has at some point in time, seen a section of films were a series of shots that indicate actions over a span of time, usually without dialogue. This is what is referred to as a Montage, which is French for assembly or editing. This cinematic device originated during…

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German Expressionism: Film Movements in Cinema

German Expressionism (1919-1926) German life in the 1920s wasn’t exactly all sunshine and rainbows and dancing until the cows came home. It was more like War was Hell, we lost, life really sucks, and we’re just going to wallow in it for the next seven years or so. German Expressionism pulled out all of the…

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Australian New Wave: Film Movements in Cinema

The Australian New Wave Film Movement (1975-1985), starting in mid-1970 and ending about a decade later, is unabashedly and completely Australian and doesn’t shy away from poking fun at their colloquialisms and the Australian way of life, otherwise known as Ozploitation. Australian film was pretty much dormant from World War II until about the end of…

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L.A. Rebellion: Film Movements in Cinema

Decades before Black Lives Matter existed there was another movement, which was heavily influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and the L.A. Watts Riots. The period between 1967-1991 served as a reaction against the 1970’s blaxploitation movies and helped usher in the work of John Singleton, The Hughes Brothers, Robert Townsend and Spike Lee, and…

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The Movie Brats: Film Movements in Cinema

Oh boy, here we go. The death of the Hollywood studio system in the 1960s gave way to possibly the most prolific filmmakers in movie history; the likes of Robert Altman, Hal Ashby, and Peter Bogdonovich were falling stars and a new group of directors was on the way up. You might have heard of…

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Nora Ephron Screenplays (Download PDF)

Nora Ephron (1941-2012) was the preeminent female screenwriters and directors in the business. From Silkwood Julie & Julia, her work was second to none.  Coincidentally, Meryl Streep appeared in her first and last films. The screenplays below are the only scripts that are available online. If you find any of her missing screenplays please leave…

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Ridley Scott Film’s Screenplay PDF Collection (Download)

Take a listen to the legendary Ridley Scott as he discusses his screenwriting and filmmaking process. The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link in the comment section. (NOTE: For educational and research purposes only). THE DUELISTS (1977) Screenplay by Gerald Vaughan-Hughes  – Read the transcript!…

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Steven Spielberg Film’s Screenplay Collection (Download PDF)

Take a listen to the legendary Steven Spielberg as he discusses his screenwriting and filmmaking process. The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link in the comment section. When you are done reading take a listen to iTunes #1 Screenwriting Podcast…

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