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Poetic realism

by Anton Williams
France, 1930s – 1940s Poetic realism films are “recreated realism”, stylised and studio bound, rather than approaching the “socio-realism of the documentary”. They usually have a fatalistic view of life with their characters living on the margins of society, either as unemployed members of the working class or as criminals. After a life of disappointment, the characters get a last chance at love, but are ultimately disappointed again and the films frequently end with disillusionment or death. Influences: FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM Influenced: ITALIAN NEOREALISM, FRENCH NEW WAVE NOTABLE EXAMPLES OF POETIC REALISM In chronological order from the… Read more

France, 1930s – 1940s

Poetic realism films are “recreated realism”, stylised and studio bound, rather than approaching the “socio-realism of the documentary”. They usually have a fatalistic view of life with their characters living on the margins of society, either as unemployed members of the working class or as criminals. After a life of disappointment, the characters get a last chance at love, but are ultimately disappointed again and the films frequently end with disillusionment or death.

Influences: FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM
Influenced: ITALIAN NEOREALISM, FRENCH NEW WAVE

NOTABLE EXAMPLES OF POETIC REALISM
In chronological order from the earliest.

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