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Realist Film Theory and Cinema: The Nineteenth-century Lukacsian and Intuitionist Realist Traditions

Ian Aitken


This book embraces studies of cinematic realism and nineteenth-century tradition; the realist film theories of Lukács, Grierson, Bazin and Kracauer; and the relationship of realist film theory to the general field of film theory and philosophy. It attempts a rigorous and systematic application of realist film theory to the analysis of particular films, suggesting new ways forward for a new series of studies in cinematic realism, and for a new form of film theory based on realism. The book stresses the importance of the question of realism both in film studies and in contemporary life.

Keywords: cinematic realism, nineteenth-century tradition, realist film theories, Lukács, Grierson, Bazin, Kracauer, film theory, realism, film studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719070006
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Aitken, author