Since the inception of cinema in the late nineteenth century, filmmakers have employed a wide array of precursory aesthetic strategies in the conception and creation of their disparate works. The existence of these traditional antecedents have afforded filmmakers a diverse range of technical and artistic applications towards the construction of their respective cinematic narratives. Furthermore, the socio-political and cultural contexts in which films are conceived often inform the manner in which particular aesthetic sensibilities are selected and deployed. ‘Aesthetics and the Cinematic Narrative’ provides a concise historical survey of Aesthetics as a practical philosophical discipline and applies several of its underlying principles to the examination of filmic storytelling.
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About the Author
Michael Peter Bolus is adjunct professor of film studies at Santa Monica College and Department Chair of the Liberal Arts Program at the Los Angeles Film School, USA.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction: Art and Aesthetics; 1. Myth and Parable; 2. Realism and Abstraction; 3. Classicism and Romanticism; 4. Escapism and Formalism; Bibliography; Index.