What is realism in a movie

Lexicon of film terms

Realism II

Sometimes four different facets of the realistic are distinguished: (1) as perceptual realism the closeness of the cinematic and the real perceptual offers that require similar perception channels and competencies is referred to; (2) as realistic style In addition to the classic Hollywood style, the ability of individual stylistic means such as depth of field to represent reality unfiltered is also considered; In general, the withdrawal of the artistic is taken as an indication of higher realism, as is the preference for longer recordings (long takes) that can capture longer social processes in one piece; (3) as narrative realism In particular, the narrative style of some art films is considered, which not only report the events necessary for the story, but also depict events on the edge, play with loose ends.; (4) a interpretative realism (. sometimes: recognitive realism) is measured by the inner meaning of events and actions that are assigned to them in a particular subculture, class or world.
The question of the "truth" of the representation always arises in realistic film. It is therefore not surprising that for many the means of representation used in documentary films are among the genuinely realistic strategies of cinematic representation.

Literature: Carroll, Noël: From Real to Reel: Entangled in Non-Fiction Film. In: Philosophic Exchange, 1983, pp. 5-46. Repr. In his: Theorizing the moving image. New York: Cambridge University Press 1996, pp. 224-252. - Kracauer, Siegfried: Theory of film. The redemption of physical reality. New York: Oxford University Press 1960. Ger .: Theory of the film. The salvation of external reality. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1973. Repr. 1985. - MacCabe, Colin: Realism and the Cinema: Notes on some Brechtian theses. In: Screen 15, 2, 1974, pp. 7-27. Several new reprints



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