American Independent Films: A Brief History of American Indie Cinema

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Independent cinema in United States Independent American films were created to escape the mechanism of industrial cinema of uniting creative resources within a decision-making unicum, it means reinventing oneself as managers of oneself and one’s own artistic abilities. It has happened often throughout the history of films, since it all began between the 40s and […]

Arthouse cinema: What happened to art in cinema in the last 40 years?

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What happened to arthouse cinema? The history of cinema, in particular that of arthouse cinema, is a complex history like that of the other Arts and more generally like the history of humanity. It has been subject to many pitfalls, misleading ways of thinking, as well as being full of creativity and genius. Art cinema is […]

Japanese cinema: essential guide to movies to watch

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Japanese cinema is among the most important cultural industries; it is the fourth largest market in terms of the number of films produced. Tokyo Story (1953) ranked third in the most important films of all time. The largest Japanese film studio is called Toho. The annual Japan Academy Film Prize hosted by the Nippon Academy […]

Movie genres: how the film industry builds audience loyalty

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Movie genres are consolidated in the history of films by Hollywood producers of the 1930s and 1940s for production planning needs. The division into well-coded movie genres allows studios above all to reach very specific target audiences. In addition, producers always try to connect well-known stars to each genre. The association between a certain gender […]

Famous actors in Hollywood of the 30s and 40s: the star system and stardom.

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Famous Hollywood actors and cinematic stardom Famous actors in Hollywood, the Star System and stardom are one of the main phenomena that changed the history of films in the 30s and 40s, which, as opposed to independent cinema and art, ensures the participation of stars in their productions to attract the masses to cinemas. The […]

Classic movies: the Hollywood empire to conquer the world

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Between 1930 and 1945 the history of films change. Hollywood industry consolidates and begins to produce classic movies. In 1929, the collapse of the Wall Street stock market is a tsunami that engulfs the entire nation. The difficult period of the great depression began in 1929 and continued until the end of the thirties, with […]

Buster Keaton: the reckless performances of an impenetrable face

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Joseph Frank Keaton, real name of Buster Keaton, was born in the United States, in Kansas, on October 4, 1895. Like Charlie Chaplin, he is the son of a couple of artists, but less unfortunate. The father has a vaudeville company where the famous saxophonist Mira Keaton and the magician Houdini perform. Little Keaton participates […]

Hollywood and cinema: how the dream factory was born and developed

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After the end of the First World War and before the Great Depression of 1929, the Hollywood film industry dominated the world and the history of films changed radically. An industry that presents itself to the general public as a dream factory that proposes the realization of the American dream. A series of characters, heroes […]

Dreyer, Sjostrom and filmmakers outside the great avant-gardes

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Outside of this rich scenario of European French, German and Russian avant-gardes and the development of American cinema, there is a long series of individual experiences of directors operating in other countries, such as Carl Theodor Dreyer. In Italy in the 1920s everything seems to have stopped and there is a profound production and distribution […]

The Russian avant-garde in 1920s cinema and the October of the arts.

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The Russian avant-garde of the 1920s it was pivotal in the history of films. It was born after the revolution, in the context of the October of the arts. It is one of the most interesting and radical avant-gardes in the history of cinema. The Bolshevik Communist Party allows artists great freedom to experiment, while […]

Impressionism and the new avant-gardes: French cinema of the 1920s

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Impressionism and new forms of cinematographic research replaced industrial film in France in the 1920s. The production of French films in the 1920s dropped dramatically. Cinema was produced much more in the United States and Germany. Pathè and Gaumont, which had been the first industrial film production companies in history, took care themselves to the […]

Kammerspiel and the new objectivity: the intimacy between spectator and actor

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Germany is certainly among the most vital and innovative countries in the history of films of the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to being the homeland of expressionism, kammerspiel and The New Objectivity are also established, with a long series of dramas and historical movies. The kammerspiel, which means chamber acting, is a theatrical and musical […]

Expressionism: deep fears become the protagonists of the image

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Expressionism was among the fundamental movements in the history of cinema. As in other arts, expressionism aimed to bring the emotions of the characters to the fore. Expressionism’s view of the world is extremely subjective, emotional and non-rational. The unconscious and its most ancestral fears come to life in the work. Expressionism was born in […]

History of films: the origins, inventions and pioneers of cinema

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History of films: before the cinema The history of films begins well before the Lumière brothers, and is lost in the mists of time. The power of mental images that will manifest itself to its maximum degree with cinema has always been part of man’s nature. From the myth of Plato’s cave to the insights […]

Avant-garde cinema: movements, films and protagonists

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The European cinematic avant-gardes of the 1920s In the 1920s a vast panorama of experimentation of European cinema was born by artists from other artistic disciplines such as Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism, who made important contributions to the development of the nascent cinematographic art: avant-garde cinema. Start watching movies with a free trial Avant-garde cinema: […]