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Screening ModernismEuropean Art Cinema, 1950–1980$
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András Bálint Kovács

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451633

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451664.001.0001

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Theatrical Styles

Theatrical Styles

(p.192) :10: Theatrical Styles
Screening Modernism

András Bálint Kovács

University of Chicago Press

Theater was one of the main inspirations of late modern cinema, and it served as a characteristic stylistic background in many modern films. Historically, the close interaction between modern theater and cinema is also explained by the parallel activities of many modernist directors, from Andrzej Wajda and Ingmar Bergman to Peter Brook, Tony Richardson, Jean-Marie Straub, Marguerite Duras, and Armand Gatti as well as Jacques Rivette Agnès Varda, Alain Resnais, and Jean-Luc Godard. There are two general characteristics of theatrical style in modern cinema. One is the excessively unnatural, exaggerated, abstract way of acting that emphasized artificiality rather than psychological realism. The other is the artificial look of the sets as well as artificial, expressive lighting.

Keywords:   theater, theatrical style, modern cinema, artificiality, psychological realism, lighting, sets

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