Some Quick Thoughts on Pure Cinema


I recently read a short article by Andrew Dilks on which outlined the theory of “pure cinema” and listed 15 movies which most closely aligned with the theory’s premise. While the exact description of what constitutes pure cinema varies, Dilks defines the term as “the conscious rejection of other artistic mediums in filmmaking, specifically the narrative influence of literature and the theatrical influence on acting and plot structure which most films tend to emulate.” Most movies follow the same structure of plot and norms of acting as do plays and novels. They follow traditional narrative storylines with a beginning, middle and end (climax). The director then stages it with actors whom he directs on how to deliver the lines which drive the story forward.  Dilks would argue this is neglecting the technical and artistic latitude that films afford.

The problem with doing any kind of film analysis based upon…

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