Other Modernisms, Other Futures: Global Art Cinema 1960-80
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Too often histories of cinematic modernism – the flowering of innovation and risk-taking in film in the 1960s and 70s – begin and end in the West.
In fact, in this period filmmakers around the world were forging new modes of expression, influenced by local traditions and the sights and sounds of modern life, and in dialogue with cinema as it was evolving in Europe and North America. Rather than one modernist art cinema, we might speak of an array of modernisms. None are derivative – they may supersede their Euro-American models, or, indeed, work in opposition to them.
This same period was one of revolution, anti-imperialist struggle, and of nation-building. Across the world, modernist filmmakers thought of their films as interventions in contemporary social, political, or ideological debates, as a contribution towards new possibilities, new futures and new worlds.
This season samples a cross-section of this filmmaking.
Other Modernisms: De Cierta Manera
A stunning example of politically engaged cinema, Sara Gómez masterfully incorporates music, documentary and newsreels into a complex portrayal of life in post-revolution Cuba.
Other Modernisms: Fad'Jal
A seminal work of post-colonial cinema, highlighting the conflictual, interconnected relationship between the histories of France and Senegal.
Other Modernisms: Interview
An opening edit, bringing together two shots so that a cannon appears to be firing on a statue of the former Viceroy of India, sets the tone for this formally and politically radical film.
Other Modernisms: Blood of the Condor
This fine example of Latin American militant cinema is an indictment of US neo-colonialist meddling, and of the indifference of Bolivia’s white elites towards the suffering of the indigenous majority.
Other Modernisms: Downpour
Immensely stylistic, with a playful sense of humour, this Iranian rom-com is a landmark of the Iranian New Wave.