Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Screening ModernismEuropean Art Cinema, 1950–1980$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 25 June 2022

Narration in Modern Cinema

Narration in Modern Cinema

Chapter:
(p.56) :4: Narration in Modern Cinema
Source:
Screening Modernism
Author(s):

András Bálint Kovács

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226451664.003.0005

By far the most spectacular formal characteristic of modern cinema is the way it handles narration and how that relates to storytelling. Modern art cinema's problem regarding narration was summarized by Gilles Deleuze. All problems of storytelling stem from the disconnection of human actions from traditional routines or patterns of human relationships. This is what Deleuze refers to as the fundamental “disbelief” in the world, what is commonly referred to as “modern alienation.” Much of the work of mapping modern art cinema's narrative techniques has been done by David Bordwell in his seminal work Narration in the Fiction Film. This chapter explores the problems of the narration of the “modernist art film” in comparison with the “classical art film.” It also discusses the abstract individual and looks at Carl Gustav Jung's description of the “modern soul.” The chapter furthermore looks at Nöel Burch's analysis of the modern film, focusing on his views about the use of chance “in the creation of works with multiple modes of performance.”

Keywords:   narration, modern cinema, storytelling, Gilles Deleuze, disbelief, modern alienation, David Bordwell, classical art film, modernist art film, abstract individual

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.