En Garde

Seeing as the avant garde style of cinema is not my forte nor my preference I researched the types of modern, more mainstream films that take inspiration from art cinema to further my appreciation of the style. A film that came up often was ‘Inception’ and how Christopher Nolan drew inspiration from Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Oddessy’. It also spoke of Kubrick as a mainstream director who dabbled in the avant garde by making ‘2001’.

The famous quote “The good borrow, the great steal” is never more opitimized in terms of filmmaking when talking about Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino learned his filmmaking skills as a self-proclaimed “student of cinema” and often steals and recreates shots from art cinema and contemporizes them in his own special Tarantino way.

There are also examples of great contemporary directors who dabble in independent cinema or art films. A big favourite of mine being Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’. After making two beloved comic book films in ‘Blade II’ and ‘Hellboy’, the filmmaker wanted to tell a more personal story and did such by making a period film about a time in history often forgotten in which the characters are Spanish speaking.

The definition of Art Cinema is up in the air, so I chose to view it as anything outside the mainstream and although I may not appreciate experimental films as much, I do take great interest in independent and passion project type cinema.

8 Scenes Quentin Tarantino Stole From Other Movies. (2017, April 29). Retrieved from https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/8-scenes-quentin-tarantino-stole-from-other-movies.html/?a=viewall


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