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Screening Modernism By Andras Balint Kovacs

Screening Modernism by Andras Balint Kovacs

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A study of European art cinema's postwar heyday. This book presents an argument that cinematic modernism was not a unified movement. It traces the emergence of art cinema as a historical category. It explains the main formal characteristics of modern styles and forms as well as their intellectual foundation.

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Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980 by Andras Balint Kovacs

Casting fresh light on the renowned productions of auteurs such as Antonioni, Fellini, and Bresson and drawing out from the shadows a range of important but lesser-known works, "Screening Modernism" is the first comprehensive study of European art cinema's postwar heyday. Spanning from the 1950s to the 1970s, Andras Balint Kovacs' encyclopedic work argues that cinematic modernism was not a unified movement with a handful of styles and themes but rather a stunning range of variations on the core principles of modern art. Illustrating how the concepts of modernism and the avant-garde variously manifest themselves in film, Kovacs begins by tracing the emergence of art cinema as a historical category. He then explains the main formal characteristics of modern styles and forms as well as their intellectual foundation. Finally, drawing on modernist theory and philosophy along the way, he provides an innovative history of the evolution of modern European art cinema. Exploring not only modernism's origins but also its stylistic, thematic, and cultural avatars, "Screening Modernism" ultimately lays out creative new ways to think about the historical periods that comprise this golden age of film.

Screening Modernism Reviews

"Andras Balint Kovacs has written a monumental work. Impressive in its scope, erudition, originality, critical acumen, and philosophical sophistication, Screening Modernism is a landmark historical study of modernist cinema that makes a permanent contribution to the field." - William Rothman, University of Miami"

About Andras Balint Kovacs

Andras Balint Kovacs is associate professor in the Institute for Art Theory and Media Research at ELTE University in Budapest.

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9780226451657
0226451658
Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980 by Andras Balint Kovacs
New
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
2008-01-15
432
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