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Development of the classical style[ edit ] Early narrative film — [ edit ] For centuries, the only visual standard of narrative storytelling was the theatre.
Since the first narrative films in the s, film-makers sought to capture the power of live theatre on the cinema screen. Most of these film-makers started as directors on the late 19th century stage, and likewise most film actors had roots in vaudeville or theatrical melodramas.
Visually, early narrative films had adapted little from the stage, and their narratives had adapted very little from vaudeville and melodrama.
Before the visual style which would become known as "classical continuity", scenes were filmed in full shot and used carefully choreographed staging to portray plot and character relationships.
Cutting was extremely limited, and mostly consisted of close-ups of writing on objects for their legibility. By the early s, film-making was beginning to fulfill its artistic potential. In Sweden and Denmark, this period would be known as a "Golden Age" of film;  in America, this artistic change is attributed to film-makers like David W.
Griffith finally breaking the grip of the Edison Trust to make films independent of the manufacturing monopoly. Films worldwide began to noticeably adopt visual and narrative elements which would be found in classical Hollywood cinema.
Equally influential were his actors in adapting their performances to the new medium. Lillian Gishthe star of The Mothering Heart, is particularly noted for her influence on screen performance techniques. Griffith's epic The Birth of a Nation was ground-breaking for film as a means of storytelling — a masterpiece of literary narrative with numerous innovative visual techniques.
The film initiated so many advances in American cinema that it was rendered obsolete within a few years. Ben Hur theatrical release poster The era of "classical Hollywood cinema" is distinguished by a narrative and visual style which would begin to dominate the medium in America by Classical Hollywood cinema in the sound era late s — s [ edit ] The narrative and visual style of classical Hollywood style would further develop after the transition to sound-film production.
The primary changes in American film-making came from the film industry itself, with the height of the studio system. This mode of production, with its reigning star system bankrolled by several key studios, had preceded sound by several years.
By mid, most of the prominent American directors and actors, who had worked independently since the early 10s, would have to become a part of the new studio system to continue to work. The beginning of the sound era itself is ambiguously defined.
To some, it began with The Jazz Singerwhich was released in and increased box-office profits for films, as sound was introduced to feature films. Similarly, actors were mostly contract players. Film historians and critics note that it took about a decade for films to adapt to sound and return to the level of artistic quality of the silents, which it did in the late s.
Style[ edit ] Classical Hollywood cinema possesses a style which is largely invisible and difficult for the average spectator to see. The narrative is delivered so effortlessly and efficiently to the audience that it appears to have no source.
It comes magically off the screen. John Belton, film scholar, Rutgers University  The visual-narrative style of classical Hollywood cinema as elaborated by David Bordwell was heavily influenced by the ideas of the Renaissance and its resurgence of mankind as the focal point.
It is distinguished at three general levels: Devices[ edit ] The devices most inherent to classical Hollywood cinema are those of continuity editing. This includes the degree ruleone of the major visual-spatial elements of continuity editing. The degree rule keeps with the "photographed play" style by creating an imaginary degree axis between the viewer and the shot, allowing viewers to clearly orient themselves within the position and direction of action in a scene.
According to the degree rulecuts in the angle that the scene is viewed from must be significant enough for the viewer to understand the purpose of a change in perspective.
Cuts that do not adhere to the degree rule, known as jump cutsare disruptive to the illusion of temporal continuity between shots.
The degree and degree rules are elementary guidelines in film-making that preceded the official start of the classical era by over a decade, as seen in the pioneering French film A Trip to the Moon.
Cutting techniques in classical continuity editing serve to help establish or maintain continuity, as in the cross cutwhich establishes the concurrence of action in different locations. Jump cuts are allowed in the form of the axial cutwhich does not change the angle of shooting at all, but has the clear purpose of showing a perspective closer or farther from the subject, and therefore does not interfere with temporal continuity.
Narrative logic[ edit ] Classical narration progresses always through psychological motivation, i. This narrative element is commonly composed of a primary narrative often a romance intertwined with a secondary narrative, such as a business or a crime.The 60ss American New Wave, once and often still confusingly called the New Hollywood Cinema, so that the period following its demise becomes in a mouthful the New New Hollywood Cinema, is quickly dispatched with a hurried but accurate focus on the usual suspects (Bonnie, Easy Rider).4/5(1).
A New Hollywood In the late s and early 70s, a new generation of young filmmakers came to prominence in American cinema.
Their work was thematically complex, formally innovative, morally ambiguous, anti-establishment, and rich in mythic resonance.
New Hollywood, sometimes referred to as the "American New Wave," refers to a movement in American film history from the late s to the early s, when a new generation of young filmmakers came to prominence in the United States. They influenced the types of films produced, their production and marketing, and the way major studios Country: United States.
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A further instalment (see Issue 37) on the career of this fabled American screenwriter. Elaine Lennon examines in detail Towne’s contribution to this key film of the post-classical Hollywood era.
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