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Department
Film
Course
FILM 1400
Professor
Tess Takahashi
Semester
Winter

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FILM 1400 April 20, 2009 Avant-Garde "Avant-garde" is a word from the French, meaning "ahead of the crowd." Avant-garde film makers want to experiment with new ideas, forms, techniques, and expressions, and are often said to be ahead of their times. Avant-garde films are characterized by a high degree of experimentation, whether it is in manipulation in narrative materials, in highly stylized visual representation, or in radical departures from the norms or conventions current at the time; avant- garde film is always a vehicle for the filmmaker’s expression. Often, avant-garde films focus on the lyrical, the abstract, formal beauty for its own sake, and therefore may avoid conventions of narrative. Abstract film has also been called "absolute" film. Avant-garde films are often iconoclastic, mocking conventional morality and tra
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