FILM 1400 April 20, 2009
"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