What is Post-Modernism ?
Postmodernism defines as defiance and as a form of refusal to conform the ideas and theories of the modernist approach in films. It stands to revolt against the traditions and views and cultures offered by modernist theories and aims to replace the existent innovation with a fresh new one that is more revolutionary and refined and an extra-ordinary version of the old; bolder and larger than it is, on par the of the cutting edge.
Postmodernism combines various approaches in one single molded approach as in a collection of various patchworks of graphic, literary, scenic and visual arts creating a brand-new masterpiece from all medium of arts as a deliberation from its original roots in the aim of dazzling the beholders, driving them into contemplation of the revolutionary art’s re-definitions and representations and revisions as it works on eradicating any variations as a whole.
Evolution of Modernist Movement
- Pre-modernism – a postulation that is taken over by religious beliefs. Claiming that every person and human being is governed and influenced by his or her very own beliefs, habits, practices, norms and moral values and orientations. Thus, demonstrating and exhibiting how an individual behaves according to his or her personal upbringing as he grows up in the mature world
- Modernism – a classicistic cultivation dismissing the established observance and jurisdiction giving support to justification and organic fields that is developed based on speculations of self-determining human beings as a root of euphemism and certitude where the abstract idea of the narrative account of the “real world” is even more magnified and that can also be regarded as a Protestant technique of sensibility of a particular event in life and or cinematic arts
- Postmodernism – is primarily a riposte to the positiveness of systematic or impartial exertion to describe the merit of the truth. It emanates from the recognition of the fact that realism is not just merely reflected in a person’s comprehension of what is “real”. It is in actuality, established the moment a person’s brain power begins to apprehend its characteristic truths. Postmodernism depends on the individual’s solid practical knowledge on conceptual ideals
Postmodernism As Truism
It is said as so, because it focuses only on standing for and defining mainly the truth amongst the things, events, occurrences, and the personal truth underlying on every individuals, themselves. It thrives to convey only about the reality of things and its diversified natures, principles and insights.
Postmodernism In Cinematic Films
Postmodernism in the fields of Cinema describes as an expression of Arts, and in Films, it may be perceived in various styles comprising the manner of twisting the mindset of not only the actor portraying a certain character in a particular film.It may also affect the judgement and reasoning of an moviegoer. Toying with their capacity to weigh down and identify the difference between the real truth from the fabricated truth and from what is only just an “acting” from what is already a real life. Postmodernism in films approach may tend to bend a “lie” and make it appear as though it is an outcrying truth, thus making everyone believe and anchor on that crooked truth that is only offered by a film.
Characteristics of Postmodern Films
- Draws attention to the plot letting the spectators see different conclusions
- Plot constructed in the way of storytelling
- Involves people in the plot that the spectators forget to separate themselves
- Use of hyper reality in the sequences
- Creating relationship by using genre and intersexuality as a reference to make plot like Harry Potter or The Dark Knight
- Use of popular culture in a media format to create interest that is enjoyed by the masses
- The references and representation that challenges the basic beliefs and aspects of life
- Prefabrication of the concept to simulate the film
Postmodernism In Films – Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet is a David Lynch riveting movie released in 1986 about dark carnal enigmatic thriller that occurred in a little town of North Carolina. One college student runs into strange riddles and wants to unravel it to understand the existence of this mystery in his town. As he dig deeper into it, he discovered that something hidden under his town’s gangland is also apparently going to become even more perplexing as it is likewise a memorably mind-boggling and alarming realm. This is where the movie concentrates on Jeffrey Beaumont, a character portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan who ventured seriously on solving the uncanny incidents in his place and eventually found himself engaging in explicit relationship with beguiling singer Dorothy Vallens played by Isabella Rossellini. In the course of the movie, he exposed a psychotic felon Frank Booth represented by Dennis Hopper, who notoriously schemed in substance slander, abduction, and sexual savagery.
In conclusion, Postmodernism began to exist to offer a new face to the Modernist Concept. Even though the movement was criticized on the basis of self reference and undermining concepts like creativity, freedom applied in the way of artistic creativity borrowed from the avant-garde movement. It is far from denying that it is postmodernist movement that introduced the aesthetics and helping in the completion of transformation of the modernist movement. And this movement won’t cease to exist with the continuous growth of concepts, need of entertainment and technology.