I need some help from The Auteurs.
There is one type of film and I’m hoping there is a genre or label to describe the whole genre.
The only one I know is Romanian New Wave, which isn’t really an accurate way to describe films outside of that country, so I’m helping i can get some suggestions.
I would classify the style as generally having No Musical score, Long Takes, static or handheld shots and sparce narrative development. Here’s the films and directors in the style.
The Wind Will Carry Us
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Edge of Heaven
What time is it there?
Wendy and Lucy
35 Shots of Rum
A taste of Cherry
Obviously, there is prob. some debate as to whether all these films are in the same category, but I’m just listing them to illustrate the type of genre I’m describing.
Any and all suggestions for categorization would be appreciated.
(also any other Directors or famous films in the style would be appreciated)
I tool a class on Neo-Realism that included A Taste of Cherry and Wendy & Lucy.
I think it’s called “art film.”
i think you can find some answers on this website http://unspokencinema.blogspot.com/2007/01/minimum-profile.html
Hoge beat me to it. Read the Unspoken Cinema blog and you’ll get a good idea. Some of the directors you listed fall under Contemporary Contemplative Cinema, but some do not. Here is one of the best lists on this site, for reference:CCC List
Basically, exactly what I was looking for. That blog addresses the exact family of film I am describing.
Is (Technical) Minimum Profile a name for this family or simply the title of the blog?
Brad, I’ve toyed with the term neo-realism and after doing some research it seems contemorary examples fall into what is being called “neo neo-realism” I guess to distinguish it from Italian Neo-realism and the like. And this too, may be close to an acceptable term.
Any other suggestions, thoughts or opinions?
I think an interesting questions in this topic could be: what elements, tools or structures CCC borrow from the traditional genre films (thrillers, crimes…)? how they transcend the stereotypical codes and methods? how much they veer off track from the genre-related-quasi-plot?
@Hoge – link
I think genre goes with the mainstream films. Most of the films you’ve mentioned are the films that the film maker expresses himself using cinema as an art form (with his methods)… Maybe you can call them art films.
@Tonda, Minimum Profile was just the title of that particular blog post. The name of this “genre” (it really isn’t a genre, just an overlying group of characteristics that transcend throughout genres) is Contemporary Contemplative Cinema.