What is Cinema?

What is Cinema?  {Qu'est ce que le cinéma ?}
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True Stories
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What is Cinema?
Qu'est ce que le cinéma ?
USA, 2013, 83 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
Program: True Stories
Language: English English Sub-Titles

What is Cinema? That is the question. And Chuck Workman has a hundred different answers to it, some implied in the marvelous clips he’s compiled; others explicitly stated by some of the greatest practitioners the form has known, including (in archival interviews) Hitchcock, Kurosawa and Bresson; as well as some of today’s finest: David Lynch, Mike Leigh, et al.

Best known for the montage sequences he’s compiled for the American Academy Awards® for the past two decades, Workman proves to have a more eclectic and even avant-garde sensibility than you might expect. He counts Jonas Mekas and Ken Jacobs among his personal pantheon.

In a director’s statement he explains his fascination with those directors who: “use the cinematic tool kit in ways that Picasso or Frank Lloyd Wright or Chekhov might have used their art form’s tools, often breaking the rules, or inventing new ones, asking the audience to look harder, listen more closely, think about the form of the work as much as the content. Most movies that we see are prominently involved with storytelling, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But significant breakthrough cinema contains moments of truth and reality and cinematic style that can't be expressed any other way – that is, except through cinema.”

DIRECTOR: Chuck Workman
Producer: Charles Cohen
Editor: Chuck Workman
Cinematographer: John Sharaf, Tom Hurwitz
Principal Cast: David Lynch, Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer
Filmography: Visionaries (Doc, 2010)
Jonas Mekas and the (Mostly) American Avant-Garde Cinema (Doc, 2009)
A Kiss at Kerouac's Grave (2004)
A House on a Hill (2003)
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (Doc, 1990)
Stoogemania (1986)
Print Source: Cohen Media

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