Modernism, Art Cinema, Film Studies, International Film and a Filmmaker
This section contains short introductions to four translated books and one compilation. What they have in common is the subject of art cinema. Colin MacCabe’s Godard: Sanatçının Yetmiş Yaşında Bir Portresi (Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy), one of the books on art cinema, deals with the great filmmaker of the New Wave, who represented the provocative face of European Art Cinema with his modernist revolutions. The book, the result of countless hours of film viewing and familiarity with Godard’s biography, discusses Godard’s exceptional position in world cinema both as a filmmaker and as a theorist. Robert Phillip Kolker’s Değişen Bakış: Çağdaş Uluslararası Sinema (Altering Eye: Contemporary International Cinema) is a translated work in the same context; it evaluates modernist cinema mostly through its relationship with American commercial cinema. András Bálint Kovács explores art cinema’s formal and narrative conventions in Modernizmi Seyretmek: Avrupa Sanat Sineması, 1950-1980 (Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980). Sanat Sineması Üzerine Yaklaşımlar ve Tartışmalar (Approaches and Discussions in Art Cinema), compiled by Ali Karadoğan, serves as a large-scale reference book since it gathers in a single volume the basic texts of theorists and critics on the subject of art cinema. Andrew M. Butler’s Film Çalışmaları (Film Studies) is the only book in this section that is not about art cinema. Butler presents a general overview of the evolution of film studies, ranging from early attempts to understand and define cinema to today’s more eclectic film studies.