A reflection on a text about film and politics
“Film: An International History of The Medium” by Robert Sklar Page 322 “Art Cinema of Europe and Asia”
This text highlights the importance of history in cinema and how exactly some aspects of it came into being. A lot of the cinema we know is Hollywood as it is the most popular one, however Hollywood, by justified reasons of course, had a downfall during the World War 2. That happened to be beneficial for the rest of the world, specifically Europe and Japan. Before the wars, cinema was always considered a government funded medium that was allied with the political forces since a lot of it was used for propaganda. This is visible as the text says that Germany’s film industry was weakened when it lost support of its allies because of the political climate around the soviet union. Post this, cinema became an independent medium and the audience realised that its possible for it thrive off individuals and artistic skills rather that the demands the government. This brought out the idea of art cinema, which gave a stage for cinema that could be aesthetically pleasing and narrative and not just forms of propaganda. Another thing the text looks at is how, again due to political climates, a lot of distributors had money in currencies they couldn’t use in their homeland and hence hired international crews and casts to pay them. What I find most interesting about this is how much of a role politics played in the film industry as opposed to now. There aren’t a lot of perspectives here since the text only look at a political influence but an economic influence about this situation would come be enlightening as well.
From the background that I hold it is important for me to be able to hold more of a global perspective and this text starts off by explaining American Film Industry and provides information all the way through to Asia.