What is European Art Cinema? Is it a genre? Is it a style? Well, this week we took a look at some important films associated with the movement, as we try to answer that question for you!
Since the beginning of the history of cinema, European filmmakers have always approached the art a little differently than the Americans. While we seem to view film as entertainment, the Europeans have always seen it as one of the most powerful mediums in the art world. Since the early 1920’s, European filmmakers have approached film from a more literary standpoint than their American contemporaries.
Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Robert Bresson, are just a few of the European filmmakers we looked at this week, and they are also among the most influential directors of all time.
Now, if you’ve been following a long with us each week, starting with Roger Corman’s B Movies, you might be starting to see the trend in our weekly recaps. A lot of the filmmakers who got their start in what we’ll call the “Roger Corman School” gathered a great deal of influence from the French New Wave as well as from the European Art Film world. Next week, we’ll be diving into The Hollywood New Wave, which hosted a few Corman ‘graduates’. But until we get there, let’s take a look at some of the notable European films that have influenced those New Hollywood filmmakers who changed the status of Hollywood and cinema forever!