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Purity and Provocation: Dogma '95 Purity and Provocation: Dogma '95

The audacious, attention-grabbing, tongue-in-cheek filmmaker's manifesto that was Dogme 95 had a massive international impact. Coinciding with the arrival of cut price digital technology, the aesthetic creed proposed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and Lars von Trier (The Idiots) resonated with young, indie filmmakers in all continents and many argue it changed the critical terms in which art and popular cinema are discussed.

The audacious, attention-grabbing, tongue-in-cheek filmmaker's manifesto that was Dogme 95 had a massive international impact. Coinciding with the arrival of cut price digital technology, the aesthetic creed proposed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and Lars von Trier (The Idiots) resonated with young, indie filmmakers in all continents and many argue it changed the critical terms in which art and popular cinema are discussed.

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The audacious, attention-grabbing, tongue-in-cheek filmmaker's manifesto that was Dogme 95 had a massive international impact. Coinciding with the arrival of cut price digital technology, the aesthetic creed proposed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and Lars von Trier (The Idiots) has resonated with young and Indie filmmakers in all continents and been credited with a revival of radical back-to-basics guerrilla-style filmmaking. Many argue it changed the critical terms in which art and popular cinema are discussed and that is had an impact on a much wider range of contemporary arts from dance to computer games.

This book brings together leading scholars from a number of disciplines - film studies, literature, philosophy - in order to focus on some of the key historical and conceptual issues associated with the manifesto's original formulation. In addition to identifying many of the epistemological and aesthetic puzzles to which Dogme 95 gave rise, the book looks at the relationships posited between the avant garde and popular cinema, the role of 'minor cinemas' in a world dominated by Hollywood, and the history and future of art cinema as a means of cultural exchange between national cinemas.

Contributions focus on the Danish Dogme films from Festen to The King is Alive to the most significant foreign works (The Lovers, Fuckland, Julian Donkey-Boy), while reference is made to a number of the less successful films. The aim throughout is to contribute to an in-depth and properly international discussion of the implications of von Trier's and Vinterberg's initiative on contemporary cinema and arts.

The audacious, attention-grabbing, tongue-in-cheek filmmaker's manifesto that was Dogme 95 had a massive international impact. Coinciding with the arrival of cut price digital technology, the aesthetic creed proposed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and Lars von Trier (The Idiots) has resonated with young and Indie filmmakers in all continents and been credited with a revival of radical back-to-basics guerrilla-style filmmaking. Many argue it changed the critical terms in which art and popular cinema are discussed and that is had an impact on a much wider range of contemporary arts from dance to computer games.

This book brings together leading scholars from a number of disciplines - film studies, literature, philosophy - in order to focus on some of the key historical and conceptual issues associated with the manifesto's original formulation. In addition to identifying many of the epistemological and aesthetic puzzles to which Dogme 95 gave rise, the book looks at the relationships posited between the avant garde and popular cinema, the role of 'minor cinemas' in a world dominated by Hollywood, and the history and future of art cinema as a means of cultural exchange between national cinemas.

Contributions focus on the Danish Dogme films from Festen to The King is Alive to the most significant foreign works (The Lovers, Fuckland, Julian Donkey-Boy), while reference is made to a number of the less successful films. The aim throughout is to contribute to an in-depth and properly international discussion of the implications of von Trier's and Vinterberg's initiative on contemporary cinema and arts.

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SKU 9780851709529
Author(s) Mette Hjort , Scott Mackenzie
Publisher(s) BFI Publishing
Format Paperback
Original publication date 29/06/2003
Number of pages 288

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