Realism and Cinema

Elective Courses

CINE 201 - Realism and Cinema

ARTH 290 | COML 201 | ENGL 291
402 |Margulies, Ivone |MW 3:30-5pm |FBH 201

Realism is a central aesthetic and critical category in film studies. This course examines key films from the 1930s to the present rethinking what defines them as realist. Taking into account relevant proposals and theories on cinema’s privileged relation to reality and truth (Andre Bazin, Kracauer, Doane, Morin, Rouch, etc), we will discuss: how cinema’s photographic basis inflects the illusion of reality; how conventions of verisimilitude (visual, aural and narrative) have historically shifted; the privileged relation of realism to particular themes such as the everyday, war or urban realities; the manner in which the framing or duration enhances the film’s realist effects. Examined films include Italian Neorealist classics ; Jean Renoir’s work; Documentary (Spanish EarthChronicle of a SummerThe Act of Seeing with one’s own eyesGoodbye CP); The Rise to Power of Louis the XIV, Two or Three Things I Know about her and Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Abbas Kiarostami’s Kolker trilogy and Jia Zhangke’s Still Life.

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