For part of our homework we had to research film style’s and what they meant. Along with some example. Below are the film style’s we were asked to research: Auteur Avant-Garde film Cinema Verite (Ture in french) French New Wave Film Noir
What as Auteur is? A Auteur is a film director who is know for his/her distinctive individual film style so that his/her artistic skill in creating the overall product of the film makes him/her itsauthour- or auteur.
What is Avant-Garde Film? Avant-Garde films are experimental and outside the mainstream - and can be the subject of fierce discussion and debate because they can challenge what has become the norm. What was regarded as avant-garde in the past has often become the norm with the passage of time and changing views and standards.
What is Cinema Verite? Cinema Verite is a genre of a film that the film-maker shoots as a documentary-style along with the documentary-style the film-maker tries not to interferawith the scenes being the filmed. The film-maker normally shoots the scenes with a hand-held camera. Cinema Verite can also be know as Direct Cinema.
What is French New Wave About? New Wave is a style of film-making that developed in the late 1950s and 1960s that was a reaction against established French cinema and emphasised the unvonventiakity and individual styles of directors. Examples of infulential New Wave fim-makers were Francois Truffaaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
What is Film Noir? Film Noir are often dark crime thrillers and the style has developed as a genre characterised by highly stylised techniques and fatalistic themes. A good example is 'Double Indemnity' which is moody and beautifully designed with a wife's murder of her husband at the centre of the plot. Four main aspects of film Noir have been identified: 1) A narrative based on investigation, 2) Extensive use of devices such as flashbacks and voice over, 3) A complex representation of the female character, 4) A visual style that makes greast use of shadow and contrast in black and white (Gledhill, 1980).