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Le cinéma d'action américain contemporain : Une abstraction figurative

Abstract : Motion picture is by nature the art of motion and action: the machine records body motions and put them down as storytelling. Action film becomes a genre by showing excessive and spectacular action. In a way, classical cinema genres (such as western, slapstick, musical, war films) can be seen as an entire class of all action films. They are all driven by the action way which is the way motion pictures tell stories, by motion. From the Seventies or the Eighties, action film becomes an all new genre which converts the old classical genres into an immoderate and spectacular sort of films. Such films are mainly led by physical power and technology. They gave birth to the Hollywoodian movie industry of blockbuster. After having defined action films as a genre, we will analyze its split nature, part abstract and conceptual thinking and part popular storytelling. Narratives are very stylized in contemporary action films and bring low figurative pictures. Contemporary action films pictures are close to Photorealism and some sort of experimental films. But contemporary action films also deal with figuration, muscular bodies and mass destruction which are set into a very recognizable world. Contemporary spectacular direction is found somewhere between these two guidelines that are abstraction and representation. It aims at immersing physically speaking the wiever. He’s like drowned into the movie from his chair. To be immerged in the spectacular movie, viewers willingly give up their rational way of thinking for feeling. Intuition is an other way of perceiving spectacular pictures in motion.
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Sylvain Angiboust. Le cinéma d'action américain contemporain : Une abstraction figurative. Art et histoire de l'art. Université de Provence – Aix-Marseille I, 2010. Français. ⟨tel-01388938⟩



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