Formal Properties as Content: Reconsidering Realism in Dogme95

By Tanya Rodriguez.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Reconsidering Realism in Dogme95:
Most critics point out that Dogme owes a great deal to the history of realist film theory. Justifiably, they credit Bazin as calling for faith in reality rather than image. They also suggest that Dogme springs from a tradition of realism that includes neo-realism and cinéma vérité. Critics list everything from renaissance naturalism, Warhol films, reality shows, to punk aesthetics as proof that Dogme’s goals are nothing new. In order to locate Dogme’s project in relation to realism, I start with an explanation of the major theories thereof. Next, I look at Dogme’s project in comparison to these theorists and to realist projects in general. Finally, I speak to problems raised by critics and consider alternative ways to understand Dogme films.

Keywords: Realism, Genre, Cinéma Vérité, Film Theory, Film, Ideology, Jean-luc Comolli, Paul Narboni, Realism, Film Aesthetics, Dogme 95, Lars Von Trier, Kendall Walton, Philosophy of Film

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 654.107KB).

Dr. Tanya Rodriguez

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, John Jay College, John Jay College—City University of New York, New York City, NY, USA

Growing up with artists and revolutionaries leaves its mark, and Professor Rodriguez’s philosophical interests can be traced to her early years of communal living. She specializes in the philosophy of art, especially film theory, and ethics, including moral psychology. Her recent work in ethics has focused on community and personal relationships. Professor Rodriguez is dedicated to democratic education, and her classes integrate shared student narrative with close readings of canonical philosophical texts. Since completing her doctoral dissertation, Empathy at the Intersection, she has presented her work on the crossover between art and ethics for universities and conferences around the globe.


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