Film Movements

A film movement signifies a wave of cinematic works, usually following a particular trend in cinema, shaped by and reflecting the time, people, culture, and…
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Yugoslav Black Wave / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography / Movie Art
the movie poster for new mexican cinema, featuring a shirtless man with his eyes closed
New Mexican Cinema / Amores Perros / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography / Movie Art
a movie poster for the film roman new wave with people standing in front of it
Romanian New Wave / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography / Movie Art
a man standing in front of a green wall with the words greek weird wave on it
Greek Weird Wave / Dogtooth (2009) by Yorgos Lanthimos / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography
The New Wave
Cinema du Look / Nikita (1990) by Luc Besson / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography / Movie Art
the album cover for mumble core featuring an image of a woman with her arms in the air
Mumblecore / Frances Ha (2012) by Noah Baumbach / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography / Movie Art
a man and woman sitting at a table in front of a candle with the words toronto new wave on it
Toronto New Wave / Exotica (1994) by Atom Egoyan / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography
the poster for american new wave
American New Wave (1966 - 1984) / 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick / Cinematic Photography
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New German Cinema / The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography
a woman in a red dress is holding a pair of scissors and pointing at the camera
French New Wave (1955 - late 60s) / Pierrot le Fou by Jean-Luc Godard / Film Movement / Movie Art
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Czechoslovak New Wave (1962 - 1970) / Daisies (1966) / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography
two people standing under an umbrella in the rain with words written below them that read, japanese new wave
Japanese New Wave (1956 - late 1970s) / Irezumi (1968) / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography
Queer Cinema, Burn Film
New Queer Cinema (mid 1980s - late 1990s) / Paris is Burning / Film Movement / Cinematic Photography
the poster for no wave cinema
No Wave Cinema (est. late 1970s - late 1980s) / Film Movements / Film Poster / Cinematic Photography
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Cinema Novo (est. 1950s - early 1970s) / Black God, White Devil by Glauber Rocha / Film Movements
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New French Extremity (late 1990s - now) / Irreversible by Gaspar Noe/ Film Movement
1990s Films, Bollywood Cinema, Popular Culture, Bollywood Movies
Parallel Cinema (est. 1955 - 1990s) / Film Movement
British, Nottingham, Posters, Tom Courtenay, Alan Bates, Saturday Night, Young Man, Actors
British New Wave (est. 1950s - 1960s) / Film Movement
Korean Drama
Korean New Wave (late 1990s - now) / Parasite by Bong Joon-ho / Movie poster / Cinematic Photography
Ang Lee
New Taiwan Cinema (1983-late 1990s) / Daughter of the Nile by Hou Hsiao-Hsien / Movie poster
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Hong Kong New Wave (late 1970s- 2000s) / Fallen Angels by Wong Kar-wai / Cinematic Photography
Film still from Fallen Angels (1995) directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Prime example of Hong Kong New Wave film movement.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) by Alfonso Cuaron / New Mexican Cinema (1990s-2010s)
Often regarded as a cinematic renaissance for Mexico. Characterized by innovative storytelling, social commentary, while focusing on Mexican culture. This revival is attributed to the creation of superior-quality films, resulting in both international acclaim and impressive box office performance, challenging those of Hollywood. Key themes explored within the movement encompass issues related to gender, identity, tradition, and the complex socio-political landscape of Mexico.
Dogma 95 (1995-2005) / Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) by Harmony Korine
Dogma 95 is a revolutionary and minimalist filmmaking movement that emerged in Denmark in the mid-1990s. Founded by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, this cinematic movement sought to strip away the conventions and artifice often associated with mainstream filmmaking. - Read more on CinemaWaves.
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Cinema du Look (1980-1990s) / Diva (1981) by Jean-Jacques Beineix
Cinema du Look, a visually stunning film movement, emerged in the 1980s France as a radical departure from the more traditional and politically engaged cinema of the French New Wave. Characterized by its emphasis on style, sensuality, and a focus on urban youth culture, Cinema du Look filmmakers brought a fresh and visually captivating approach to the world of cinema. - Read more on CinemaWaves.
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Soviet Montage (1924-1935) / Battleship Potemkin (1925) by Sergei Eisenstein
The idea of Soviet Montage theory was first brought up by director Lev Kuleshov, that an idea or an emotion might not be adequately expressed in a single frame. Two distinct images can be seen by the audience, who subconsciously assigns them a larger context. His method altered how time and space were merged into films, leading to the development of the "montage" that is important in modern film and throughout cinematic history. - Read more on CinemaWaves
Poetic Realism (1930-1940s) / L'Atalante (1934) by Jean Vigo
Poetic Realism didn’t aim for the "socio-realism of the documentary," but rather "recreated realism," stylized, and studio-bound. Main characters of the movement typically lives on the periphery of society, either as unemployed members of the working class or as criminals, reflecting their fatalistic outlook on life. - Read more on CinemaWave.
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Polish Film School (1955-1963) / Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Characterized by its innovative storytelling, intellectual depth, and strong artistic expression, Polish Film School produced some of the most celebrated filmmakers in European cinema history. Pioneers like Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Munkand Krzysztof Kieslowski crafted films that offered profound insights into the human condition, often through allegorical and symbolic narratives. - Read more on CinemaWaves.
New French Extremity (late 1990s-now) / Climax (2018) by Gaspar Noe
New Extremity is a provocative and boundary-pushing film movement that emerged mainly in Europe. Defined by its unflinching exploration of taboo subjects, graphic violence, visceral horror, and explicit sexuality. Filmmakers associated with the movement challenge conventional storytelling norms, aiming to shock and provoke audiences while delving into the darkest corners of human experience. The New French Extremity movement has roots in art house and horror cinema. - Read more on CinemaWaves.
German Expressionism (1913-1930) / Metropolis (1927) by Friz Lang
Influential film movement that emerged during the early 20th century in Germany. Characterized by its distinctive visual style, psychological depth, and exploration of dark and often unsettling themes, German Expressionism revolutionized filmmaking. The movement's use of distorted sets, dramatic lighting, and surreal narratives left an indelible mark on cinema. - Read more on CinemaWave.
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Japanese New Wave (1956-late 1970s) / When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) by Mikio Naruse
Characterized by its rebellion against established norms, the Japanese New Wave featured directors like Nagisa Oshima and Shohei Imamura, who explored controversial themes, social issues, and unconventional narrative techniques. Films of this movement often challenged societal taboos and political structures, offering a fresh perspective on Japanese culture and identity. - Read more at CinemaWaves.
Czechoslovak New Wave (est. 1962-1970) / Daisies by Vera Chytilova
Characterized by its courageous experimentation, sharp wit, and fondness for social commentary, this film movement challenged the prevailing norms of its time. Czechoslovak New Wave films frequently conveyed a blend of dark and absurd humor, a stark departure from the predominant social realism seen in the films of the 1950s. - Read more on CinemaWaves.
Taiwan New Cinema (est. 1982-late1990s) / Rebels of the Neon God by Tsai Ming-Liang
Taiwan New Cinema became renowned for its authentic, grounded, and empathetic depictions of Taiwanese life. These films aspired to present genuine narratives of individuals residing in either urban or rural Taiwan and are often likened stylistically to the works of the Italian Neorealism movement. Through its candid portrayal of life, New Taiwanese Cinema delved into critical societal issues of its time. - Read more at CinemaWaves.
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Yugoslav Black Wave (1963-1970s) / I Even Met Happy Gypsies by Aleksandar Petrovic
Bold and subversive, Yugoslav Black Wave film movement is characterized by its dark humor, social critique, and rejection of traditional filmmaking conventions. Themes encompassed everything from sexuality and politics to religion. As a result, many of these films were banned, and some notable directors forbidden from working in Yugoslavia. - Read more on CinemaWaves.
New Queer Cinema (mid 1980s-2000s) / My Own Private Idaho by Gus Van Sant
Considered a landmark film in New Queer Cinema, an early 1990s film movement. Since its release, it has grown in popularity and been deemed a cult classic, especially among LGBT audiences. The film is notable for its then-taboo subject matter and avant-garde style. - Read more at CinemaWaves.
New Hollywood (est. 1966-1984) / 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
New Hollywood, a revolutionary era in American filmmaking, challenged traditional studio practices and embraced artistic freedom. With visionary directors like Kubrick, Coppola, Scorsese, Altman, and groundbreaking films like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, it introduced innovative storytelling, tackled societal issues, and left an enduring legacy that continues to influence contemporary cinema worldwide. - Read more on CinemaWaves.