Experimental Narrative and the Lyrical Film
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This paper examines the influence of historical events at a formative time in the evolution of film. The paper explains that at the end of World War II in 1945, documentary and avant-garde filmmaking underwent enormous changes, partly because of the rise of new technology, such as more sophisticated and easier-to-handle cameras. The paper proposes that filmmakers were using experimental film techniques to seek new and innovative ways to express not only themselves but also how they viewed the world following the horrors and genocide of World War II. One technique explored by the paper is lyrical film, which uses something closely akin to lyrical poetry to create images in the reader's mind. The paper concludes that both of these genres of experimental filmmaking opened the proverbial door to other cinematic avenues which led by the late years of the 1960's to the complete renovation of documentary filmmaking into a style which most people are familiar with in today's modern world.
From the Paper:"One highly important approach which came about after World War II is known as experimental narrative filmmaking which was very different from many traditional approaches to creating films for the cinema, especially related to mainstream or commercial filmmaking techniques as found in Hollywood. The term avant-garde is most often used to describe these type of films and were mostly shot by directors working outside of mainstream cinema as "underground" experimenters. Basically, experimental narrative films do not exhibit a linear narrative, i.e., moving from A to B to C or with a beginning, a middle and a conclusion, and often utilize specific film/camera techniques, such as blurring, adding any number of abstract elements to each film frame and using innovative editing techniques in the cutting room. Also, the soundtracks were often disrupted, taken out of sync, or transformed in some way or in some cases was left out entirely, thus rendering the film silent."
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