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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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Styles of Modernism

Styles of Modernism

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Screening Modernism

András Bálint Kovács

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks at four main styles representing the most important trends that influenced art filmmakers during the late modern period. Not all these tendencies were equally strong or influential in all periods during late modern cinema. Some of the general forms are not late modern inventions. Minimalism, for example, appeared already in the early modern period. Some of the forms discussed in the chapter may also characterize classical films, such as theatrical stylization. What makes the styles genuine ingredients of modernism is their specific manner of depicting the main aesthetic formal principles: abstraction, subjectivity, and reflexivity. The chapter also discusses three main trends within modern minimalist form. The first is metonymic minimalism, epitomized by Robert Bresson's films. The second is analytical minimalism, represented by Michelangelo Antonioni's films between 1957 and 1966. The third is expressive minimalism, and its main representative is Ingmar Bergman in his films made between 1961 and 1972.

Keywords:   modernism, styles, modern cinema, minimalism, filmmakers, theatrical stylization, Robert Bresson, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, abstraction

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