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L’atalante For cinema to truly be art, film theorist Sigfried Kracauer argued that realism was the single most dominant medium for films to be made in. A film that is too artistic and interpretive will not accomplish the same goals as a film solely based in realism. In terms of the pure realism Kracauer sought, L’atalante succeeds because it displays a romance without the conventions usually associated with romance films. Too often in filmmaking, a love story is a glorious and epic tale of two star-crossed souls who, through every obstacle find and love each other. Unfortuantely, the majority of humans don’t find their soulmate through a series of adventures. L’atalante shows a more realistic approach to
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Unformatted text preview: love – the couple in question are married at the start of the film, despite not knowing each other. They fight and are torn apart, but eventually are brought back together. In my opinion, Kracauer would have appreciated this film as it holds a mirror up to many couples whose love stories aren’t sweeping epics. The problems lovers Jean and Juliette face are common ones – suspicion, jealousy, and the horrible feeling of losing a lover. By being firmly entrenched in realism, the film achieves a sense of art as it deals with these issues, and makes for a film that keeps in line Kracauer’s theory that the proverbial mirror is much more powerful than interpretation....
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