Physical reality: The role of the empirical in the film theory of siegfried kracauer, john grierson, André Bazin and Georg lukács

Ian AITKEN*

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Abstract

The article explores conceptions of empirical filmic representation in the film theories of Grierson, Bazin, Kracauer and Lukacs. The article begins by exploring the concept of ‘intuitionist cinematic realism’, then turns to Kracauer’s analysis of documentary films by Paul Rotha, and Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City. Following this, the article looks at Bazin’s analysis of Dreyer’s the Passion of Joan of Arc, and Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki. The article closes with an exploration of the thought of Georg Lukacs in relation to questions of empirical representation and filmic realism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-121
Number of pages17
JournalStudies in Documentary Film
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bazin
  • Cinematic realism
  • Grierson
  • Intuitionist realism
  • Kracauer
  • Lukacs

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