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Studying Early and Silent Cinema$
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Keith Withall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733704

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733704.001.0001

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Alternative Cinemas

Alternative Cinemas

(p.103) 5. Alternative Cinemas
Studying Early and Silent Cinema

Keith Withall

Liverpool University Press

This chapter assesses alternative cinemas. In the 1920s, there were a series of film movements that were motivated by very different interests than mainstream cinema, primarily political. The most important at the time and the one that has had an enduring influence in world cinema became known as Soviet Montage. Because of their influence, there is an extensive selection of Soviet Montage films available. The chapter then considers filmmakers Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov. It also looks at the avant-garde and the late silents. Meanwhile, documentary film and especially animation crossover with the mainstream cinema. The developments in the 1920s and John Grierson's founding of the British Documentary Film Movement initiates an important trend in documentary film that still influences film and television today. It also feeds into an idea of ‘British realism’ still apparent in British films.

Keywords:   alternative cinemas, film movements, Soviet Montage, Soviet Montage films, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, avant-garde cinema, late silent films, documentary film, animation

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