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Avant Godard! Musical Subversion In The Films Of Jean-Luc Godard. (Part 1)

March 26, 2016

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Avant Godard!

Musical Subversion And Fictional Interaction With Non-Diegetic Music In The Films Of Jean-Luc Godard.

Introduction – French New Wave As Avant Garde.

When discussing Avant Garde cinema, the most obvious choices of cinematic subject would no doubt be linked to the likes of Dali, Buñuel and Cocteau.  However, the gradual movement from Avant Garde to Art House cinema presents a more interesting case for Avant Garde aesthetics; if an Avant Garde idea or practice is found within a film that has some vague form of narrative it must surely be more obviously opposed to the illusion of “realism”?

Non-narrative cinema has become synonymous with Avant Garde film yet some of the most Avant Garde attacks on realism have come from films that do posses a story-line no matter how non-linear.  The visuals of freeform colour will no doubt be far more effective as a breakdown of reality…

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