Informal Critique-Realism in Films

Realism can be a good thing and a bad thing in films. It is supposed to give the viewer a sense of reality in the film, and something they can relate to. Films that contain war, drugs, and sex are all good examples of the reality of today but are filmmakers crossing the line?  According to the article, An Introduction to An Introduction to the Problematics of  “Realism” in Film, Video, and Moving-Image culture “The problem, in sum, with using “realistic” uncritically in relation to film is that use of this term often suggests we can simply look through film onto reality itself (like we do through a window), i.e., that some kinds of film–”realistic” films–involve no process of construction/manipulation/fabrication, but simply show us The Truth, rather than one particular kind of truth.  This is, in fact, NOT the case at all.” Filmmakers now a day are taking reality and exaggerating it to sell out in the box office.

Looking past all this, realism played a big role in the history of cinemas and movies. There are four different kinds of realism used in films today. They are Hollywood realism, social realism, direct cinema, and neo-realism. By using these different methods of realism in films, humans are given a better understanding and relation to reality therefore shapeing our quality of living into something better.


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