How has German expressionism laid the foundations for future films and is it still relevant in modern filmmaking and what influences has it had throughout film from its origins to modern time?

Glover, J. (2017) How has German expressionism laid the foundations for future films and is it still relevant in modern filmmaking and what influences has it had throughout film from its origins to modern time? M.A. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

German Expressionism as a film genre evolved from the German Expressionist art style of German cinema in the post-World War One years and established clearly defined characteristics related to: lighting, acting, mise-en-scène, editing and narrative. German Expressionism remains relevant in contemporary cinema, with certain stylistic aspects of the genre still being conveyed and referenced by films today. This in turn influenced future films by providing the inspiration of an art style for the film makers to base their films on. Proving that German Expressionism is still relevant in contemporary film making as a genre is difficult as arguably the genre no longer exists in its original form. What is evident is that stylistic elements of the genre are still being conveyed in films today and indeed have been over the last 90 years. The problem with academically proving the influence of German Expressionism is that inspiration and influence are by their very nature determined by multiple factors, incorporating many elements, and the interpretation of the resulting film will always be subjective and I hope that by producing a practical project with the intention of making a German Expressionist film will help me to achieve a greater understanding of how influence works. By researching academic sources and producing a practical project I will illustrate the influence and relevancy of German Expressionism as a film genre and allow an academic analysis to be applied. By examining the foundations of the German Expressionist film genre I will investigate how the genre works and how its influence has affected other genres of film by looking for similar aspect. By researching this and producing a practical project I will to prove that German Expressionism is still relevant in contemporary film and that German Expressionism has shaped the films that are being made today.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
Depositing User: Miss Rosemary Cox
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 14:05
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 06:32
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17052

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