What the Heck is Dogme 95 – Definition and Examples

Film Movements in Cinema: Dogme 95 Revolutions change history. History is filled with year-long revolutions some of which were pretty brutal as well. When the word movement is heard, we get images of social rebellion, something to do with politics, freedom, or probably self-expression? Right? It’s hard to believe that a revolutionary film movement exists which…

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What is Italian Neorealism? (Definition and Examples)

Film Movements in Cinema: Italian Neorealism Legendary film director Martin Scorsese has stated many times that one of the biggest influences in his work was the Italian Neorealism period in Italy. His personal documentary My Voyage to Italy (also check out: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies) is a journey through Italian Cinema…

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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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What is Auteur Theory? – Definition and Examples

What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important? Auteur Theory is a way of looking at films that state that the director is the “author” of a film. The Auteur theory argues that a film is a reflection of the director’s artistic vision; so, a movie directed by a given filmmaker will have recognizable, recurring…

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What is the French New Wave – Definition and Examples

Film Movements in Cinema: French New Wave French New Wave, which is also known as French Nouvelle Vague, can be considered as one of the most influential film movements that took place in the history of cinema. The ripples created by this cinematic movement can even be felt today. A group of critics, who wrote…

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Cinema Verite – Definition and Examples

What is Cinema Verite? Cinema Verite is a French film movement, which took place back in the 1960s. This film movement forced the movie industry to pay more attention to incorporating natural actions and authentic dialogue into the movies, which showed people in day to day lives. Basically, the movement was about observing and capturing…

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Film Movements in Cinema: Mumblecore

Film Movements in Cinema: Mumblecore The core of what filmmaking is that it has always been there to entertain people with different audio and visual sources along with some cinematic techniques and professionals. This entertainment has been evolved from different phases and now it is revolutionized to a completely new picture of streaming, television, and film…

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Film Movements in Cinema: Soviet Montage

Soviet Montage Film Movement (1924-1935) 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.…

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Film Movements in Cinema: German Expressionism

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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Film Movements in Cinema: Australian New Wave

Australian New Wave (1975-1985) The Australian New Wave Film Movement, 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…

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Film Movements in Cinema: L.A. Rebellion

How Filmmakers Fought Racism with the L.A. Rebellion Film Movement (1967–1991) 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…

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Film Movements in Cinema: The Movie Brats

Film Movements in Cinema: The Movie Brats (1960s – 1980s) 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…

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