Re: [Frameworks] Drama films and the Avant-Garde

From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 25 2011 - 10:03:48 PST

Quoting Jonathan Thomas <email suppressed>:

> Indeed. This is pretty much the only time you see experimental techniques
> employed in most mainstream cinema: to depict 'altered states' such
> as psychosis...

Well, "experimental techniques" are also used decoratively, as in "The
Jacket" (2005), in which shadows of plants in "homage" to Brakhage's
"Mothlight" serve as the backdrop to the final credits.

I wish that the purpose of queries like this one was made clear. The
use of "experimentaltechniques" without any of their original power
and meaning should be critiqued, in my view, even if one wishes to
defend new uses in certain films.

Fred Camper

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