Re: experimental film vs narrative film

From: Michael Betancourt (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Apr 07 2006 - 03:57:23 PDT

Hi Freya,

Both "Brakhages' Theorem" that all film is narrative, and Frampton's essay
"A Pentagram for Conjuring the Narrative" spring to mind from your comments.
It's not that experimental films aren't narrative, but that all commercially
produced Hollywood-studio-type productions inevitably are narrative, so much
of the time "narrative vs. experimental" is just a short hand for saying the
difference between the commercial cinema, it's language, forms, ideologies,
etc. as opposed to the independent, artisanal, personal/individual, etc.
"experimental" film. [We could make the same objections about the
"experimental" label too.]

Michael Betancourt
Des Moines, IA USA
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