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Author Aitken, Ian.

Title Realist film theory and cinema : the nineteenth-century Lukácsian and intuitionist realist traditions / Ian Aitken
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents From the 'true style' to the 'art-form of the bourgeoisie' : the origins, characteristics and theoretical foundation of the nineteenth-century French realist, and naturalist tradition -- La Bête humaine, the evolution of French cinematic realism and naturalism 1902-38, and the influence of the nineteenth-century tradition -- 'The adequate presentation of the complete human personality', Lukács and the nineteenth-century realist tradition -- From the historical cinema of democratic humanism to the film Novelle : Lukácsian cinematic realism in Danton (1990) and Senso (1954) -- 'And what about the spiritual life itself?', distraction, transcendence and redemption : the intuitionist realist tradition in the work of John Grierson, André Bazin and Siegfried Kracauer -- Transcendental illusion and the scope for realism : cinematic realism, philosophical realism and film theory
Summary Ian Aitken attempts a rigorous and systematic application of realist film theory to the analysis of particular films. He provides a comparative analysis of the theories of Grierson Bazin and Kracauer, also throws new light on Lukács theory of realism, and attempts to establish a new paradigm of film theory around realism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Bazin, André, 1918-1958.
Grierson, John, 1898-1972.
Kracauer, Siegfried, 1889-1966.
Lukács, György, 1885-1971.
Realism in motion pictures.
Genre/Form Anthologies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 184779159X