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Poetic Cinema

by MLAT
By the term “poetic cinema” I refer primarily to the ‘Poetic’ or ‘Archaic’ School in Soviet Cinema of the 1960s and 70s, which originates in the silent films of Alexandr Dovzhenko. The term itself alludes to the Russian formalist distinction between the two “genres” of cinema as poetry and prose, i.e. a cinema built around the symbolic and graphic-rhythmic imaginary and a narrative cinema based on the cause and effect. Major filmmakers of the movement: Armenian: Sergei Parajanov Artavazd Peleshian Ukrainian: Yuri Ilyenko Leonid Osyka Volodymyr Denysenko Mykola Mashchenko Ivan Mykolaichuk Kira Muratova Georgian: Tengiz Abuladze Otar… Read more

By the term “poetic cinema” I refer primarily to the ‘Poetic’ or ‘Archaic’ School in Soviet Cinema of the 1960s and 70s, which originates in the silent films of Alexandr Dovzhenko. The term itself alludes to the Russian formalist distinction between the two “genres” of cinema as poetry and prose, i.e. a cinema built around the symbolic and graphic-rhythmic imaginary and a narrative cinema based on the cause and effect.

Major filmmakers of the movement:

Armenian:
Sergei Parajanov
Artavazd Peleshian

Ukrainian:
Yuri Ilyenko
Leonid Osyka
Volodymyr Denysenko
Mykola Mashchenko
Ivan Mykolaichuk
Kira Muratova

Georgian:
Tengiz Abuladze
Otar Iosseliani

Kyrgyz:
Bolotbek Shamshiev

Russian:
Andrei Tarkovsky
Aleksandr Sokurov
Konstantin Lopushansky
Aleksei German

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