He claims that the introduction of sound, far from destroying film as an art form, actually enhanced it as an essential element of reality. The atmosphere and plot of the film are revealed entirely through visual means, using wildly abstract sets and dramatically exaggerated makeup. The film unfolds in an enthralling, completely artificial environment where even the movements of the actors echo the distorted angular shapes of their setting. Bazin is right in stating that such films are an entirely separate art form. The story is conveyed through the intricate interactions between images, lighting, composition, and movement. If The Cabinet of Dr.
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Shelves: film I think that, in the early days of film theory, this was an essential text. Bazin was so prescient in his reflections on the way in which cinema should portray realistic, daily life. I particularly enjoyed his essay on Bresson. He keeps the dialogue scarce, and ultimately expresses the psychological state of his characters through physical gesture, and transcendental imagery. I enjoy Eisenstein as well, and for the most part find that the possibilities of formal editing more easily manipulative than the stylistic restrictions of realism.
Decades later, on a commentary track to Tape, Richard Linklater criticizes Dogme 95 by saying that if you film a scene in a hotel room, it is essentially contrived; you have to light it, gather the actors, create a fictional story, etc.
Cinema is a contrived medium like any other, but I think that this demarcation is important to the history of which. However contrived it may be, Bazin goes further beyond this difficulty in making the point that film almost functions as a realistic documentary of a filmed event.
So, in the end I have a difficult time siding with one or the other. Bazin really is a wonderful writer, and he has some very interesting ideas. And his dissection of the different ways that audiences experience and respond to theater and cinema is fantastic.
Oct 27, Zach Olmstead rated it liked it I learned some pretty interesting things about film from this book, but to be honest, I had almost no idea what Bazin was talking about most of the time.
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